Artist Profile

Judy Watson Napangardi
Born :c. 1935
Location :Yuendumu, Northern Territory
Tribe :Warlpiri
Skin group :Napangardi
Language :Warlpiri

Judy Watson Napangardi

Judy Watson Napangardi was born in c. 1935 at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, Yuendumu, Northern Territory. She was a senior artist and one of the elders of her community. Unfortunately Judy passed away in 2016 and we lost one of the best traditional Aboriginal Artists.

Her older sister Maggie Watson Napangardi (born c. 1925) also a well known artist, taught her distinctive style of painting. Maggie is one the senior Warlpiri law women at Yuendumu who was responsible for translating women's traditional designs into a 20th century format using canvas and acrylic paint. Both Maggie and Judy are well known for using vibrant colours in thier paintings.

Judy's dreaming depicts stories from her country at Mina Mina such as Kanakurlangu (Karlangu or Digging Stick), Honey Ant, Snake Vine, Women and Majardi (Hair-string belt).

Judy Watson has had exhibitions all around Australia including one in Parliament House, Canberra, 2002. Her art work is sought after by collectors.



                                       Judy Watson Napangardi


You are welcome to visit the art gallery to view Judy Watson Napangardi and other aboriginal artists artwork on Linen/Canvas, Coolamon, Didgeridoo, Boomerang and Pottery at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney, 2000, New South Wales, Australia

Artworks by this artist

Mina Mina
Art No:JW-100
Size:60 X 120
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