Aboriginal Art

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri was born in near Haasts Bluff in the Northern Territory, Australia about 1948. She began painting as an assistant to her husband, Jack Tjampitjinpa, similar to many of the female artists at Papunya. After Jack Tjampitjinpa’s death in 1997 Pollard began painting in her own right.

In 2004 she won a local Alice Springs Art prize, a catalyst for her entry into the 2006 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in which she won the painting prize. She also traveled, along with artist Lily Kelly Napangardi, to Copenhagen in 2006 for an artists residency program resulting in a final exhibition at the Knund Grothe Gallery.

Pollard paints the areas around Nyrripi including her distinctive representations of the swamps that provide rich hunting opportunity for the women in the area. These aerial views of the landscape are slightly obscured by very fine white veils of dots at the end of her painting process. She works on canvas and linen using synthetic polymer.


Her work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, Museums and Galleries of the Northern Territory and the National Gallery in Canberra.

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri

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