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Mina Mina, Northern Territory




Mina Mina Dreaming


Dorothy Napangardi was born in Mina Mina, a sacred and remote area of the Tanami Desert. She is renowned for her 'Women's Dreaming' depictions, of her father's homeland at Lake McKay. Dorothy has been painting since 1987 and has established herself as one of the leading artists of the contemporary Aboriginal Art movement, with a unique and distinctive style.

Dorothy depicts a topographic view of her homeland with fine lines representing salt lakes around dry clay pans. These works also depict the origins and journeys of her female ancestors and identifies the sacred places where the spirits reside.

Dorothy has had little schooling, but was taught her historic dreamings by her mother and aunts.

Represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most State Galleries and major private collections here and abroad, Dorothy's work has consistently been in strong demand.

In 2001 she won first prize in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and has been voted one of the 50 Most Collectable Artists in Australia by The Australian Art Collector Magazine.

Selected Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, VIC
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Queensland Museum, QLD
Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, LA, U.S.A.
The Kaplan-Levi Collection, Seattle, U.S.A.
The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
The Erskine Collection, NSW
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA
The Australia Council Collection, Sydney, NSW
South Australian Festival Centre Foundation, Adelaide, SA




2001 First Prize, 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
1999 Highly Commended 16th NAATSAA
1998 First Prize, Northern Territory Art Award
1991 First Prize, Best Painting in a European medium 8th National Aboriginal Art Award