Lynn Ward Napangardi

Artist Lynn Ward Napangardi
Title Tali
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 152 × 183 cm
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Lynn Ward Napangardi

Lynn Ward Napangardi was born in Papunya and lives there with her family. Lynn attended Papunya School and then Yirara College in Alice Springs. Lynn’s grandfather was Papunya Tula Artists member Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra whose Kalipinypa Dreaming story she inherited as did her mother Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula. Lynn has developed her own unique style in her sand drawing paintings where she uses fine line work to combine traditional symbols with her own contemporary designs.

Artist statement

This painting depicts the tali (sandhills) at Kalipinypa, north-east of Walungurru (Kintore). Kalipinypa is the story of a rain and hail making ceremony. Ancestral forces are invoked to bring on a powerful storm with lightning, thunderclouds and rain sending a deluge to rejuvenate the earth, filling the rock holes, clay pans and creeks and creating new life and growth upon the land. Today the Nakamarra, Tjakamarra, Napurrula and Tjupurrula men and women are the custodians of this important Water Dreaming site and celebrate its stories in the ceremonies. Lynn Ward Napangardi is particularly inspired by her mother Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula, an established artist and director of Papunya Tjupi, and many artists in Lynn’s family also paint different aspects of this story.