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Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri is also known as Tjunkiya Wukula Napaltjarri. She was born in the area of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), Western Australia and belongs to the Pintupi/Pitjantjatjara language group. Linda is the daughter of Wanala Nangala and Rintja Tjungurrayi. Linda began her life in a more traditional way and lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle until around eight or nine years of age. At this point her family decided to settle at the Lutheran Mission at Haasts Bluff.

Her paintings reflect both the traditional way of life and also her father’s and stepfather’s stories which they were responsible for. Under traditional law and as an act of revenge, Linda’s father was killed by a spear when she was approximately 18 months old and was henceforth raised by her stepfather and artist Lankata Shorty Tjungurrayi. Lankata passed on his Dreaming stories to Linda before he died in 1985. Linda was taught how to paint these stories by her two uncles Uta Uta Tjangala and Nosepeg Tjupurrula.

Some of the stories Linda paints include the Dreaming story of the Tingari and the Emu Men. The Emu men were ancestral beings that roamed the landscape during the creation period leaving behind evidence of their presence in the form of marks on the landscape. The various rocky outcrops, valleys, ridges and other landscape formations tell the stories of the Emu men’s travels, teaching and instructing the law and customs to the people belonging to that country. Most of Linda’s paintings focus on the area around Lake Mackay, which is central to the cultural and spiritual life of the Pintupi people for many thousands of years. Because the Western Desert people were semi-nomadic they spent part of their time around the lake carrying out trade and ceremonies. Lake Mackay is a large dry salt lake located north-west of Kintore.

Traditionally paintings were commonly made in the sand and generally had an aerial aspect to them, however the figures are painted as though laying down. So the paintings often have two different aspects to them. The spirits Linda paints represent the spirits that are depicted in the rock art at Tjindara (located in Western Australia), which is often visited by Pintupi people. The paintings found on the rock at Tjindara are recorded as being at least fifteen thousand years old.

Family Spirits

Family Spirits

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 1500mm x 1190mm 
Code: LS002
(GDC)

$8 800.00
inc. GST in Australia

Family Spirits

Family Spirits

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 1460mm x 900mm 
Code: LS4301
(GDC)

$6 600.00
inc. GST in Australia

Family Spirits - SOLD

Family Spirits - SOLD

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 1000mm x 500mm 
Code: LS035
(GDC)

$1 500.00
inc. GST in Australia

Family Spirits

Family Spirits

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 1000mm x 500mm 
Code: LS033
(GDC)

$1 500.00
inc. GST in Australia

Family Spirits

Family Spirits

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 2890mm x 2020mm 
Code: LS4259
(GDC)



Family Spirits

Family Spirits

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 2950mm x 1200mm 
Code: LS006
(GDC)



 

Selected Exhibitions:
1990 Santa Fe, USA; 1992, 1995 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; 1993 Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; 1994, 11th NATSIAA Award; 1997 Tandanya, Adelaide; 1998 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide; 1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA; 2001 State Library of NSW, Sydney.

Selected Collections:
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of South Australia; Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; Artbank, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand; Wollongong City Gallery; Berndt Museum of Anthropology, Perth; Telstra.

Awards:
Joint runner-up National Indigenous Heritage Art Award; 1995, finalist in 12th NATSIAA. Four times finalist in Blake Prize for Religious Art; 1995 One Year Fellowship, Australian Council for the Arts; 1996 Two Years Arts Fellowship, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Board, Australia Council for the Arts; 2000 Joint Runner Up, National Indigenous Heritage Award; 2003 Visual Art Grant $11,000 Australia Council for the Arts; 2004 Highly Esteemed, Alice Springs Art Award; Four times finalist in the Blake Prize for Religious Art; 2006 Telstra General Painting Award, 23rd NATSIAA Darwin; 2008 Finalist NATSIAA, Darwin.