Polly Ngale

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Polly Ngale Bush Plum Dreaming
Bush Plum Dreaming
150 x 200 cm
Polly Ngale Anwekety
60 x 90 cm

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Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale Biography

Polly Ngale was born circa 1940 in the artistically rich area of Utopia, 240 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Like many of the women in Utopia, Polly began her artistic career in the 1970s within the Batik movement when Indigenous imagery and Western craft practices were combined for the first time. This movement was an initiation into the art world for many female artists in the area.

In the 1980s the availability of acrylic paint caused a movement toward painting canvas of which Polly was an active participant. Polly is one of the most senior custodians of her country Aparra, in the heart of Utopia, and a custodian of the Anwekety (Bush Plum), Polly depicts this local food source from her traditional country. By painting this imagery Polly is passing down important cultural knowledge to younger generations and celebrating the food sources that her country has provided her ancestors with for hundreds of years.

Polly uses a heavily loaded paint brush to work the many layers of colourful dots onto the linen. Blended whimsically, the dots create the effect of the flowering plants, the scattered seeds of the Bush Plum and the landscape after the heavy rain season. The composition of colour and shape variations points to the geography and intimate knowledge of locations. The underlying deeper tones are overlaid with subtly blended highlights, creating an intricacy that allows variations in the depth to occur.

Polly’s work has featured in a number of important collections in both Australia and overseas.

Polly Ngale Description

Polly Ngale Resumé


2009 Utopia - Bush Plum & Other delicacies, Honey Ant Gallery, Noosa, Queensland
2008 Utopia Revisited, NG Art Gallery, Sydney
2007 Visions of Utopia, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art, Sydney
2007 Journeys and Dreams, Gecko Gallery, Broome
2006 Cicada Trading, Paris, France
2006 Cicada Trading, Bahrain Art Society, the Kingdom of Bahrain
2006 Cicada Trading, Annual Clear Lake Exhibition of Aboriginal Paintings, Houston, USA
2006 Cicada Trading, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2006 Cicada Trading , Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2005 Cicada Trading, Milan, Italy
2005 Cicada Trading, Illayda, Istanbul, Turkey
2003 20th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2000 Arts d' Australie, Stephane Jacob/Espace Mezzo - Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris
1999 Utopia: A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopian artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings the first works on canvas


The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
The World Bank, Washington USA

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