Artist Profile

Artist: Barbara Napangarti Reid
Born: c.1964
Region: Tjukurla (Western Desert)
Language Group: Ngaanyatjarra

Barbara Napangarti Reid is a Ngaanyatjarra woman, who has a very individualistic style depicting the country of Tjukurla in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia.


Vitally important to Barbara's work is the telling of women's sacred stories - minyma - narratives that revolve around the role of the woman as healer and provider within Ngaanyatjarra society.


With their beautiful lyricism and exquisite tonal palette Barbara's paintings work to capture the viewer, mesmerising with their quiet intensity and irrepressible joy.

Barbara's paintings are beautiful depictions of place, paintings of the lands to which she is custodian and the songs that explain them. Characteristic for Barbara is the depiction of puli - rock formations, and tuli - sand hills, those features that are so much a part of the land from which she comes.

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