Kathleen Ngal

1934 - Present

Biography

'''KATHLEEN NGAL c.1934 - '''

Region: North Eastern Central Australia

Residence: Camel Camp, Utopia

Country: Aharlper

Language: Anmatyarr

Grandfather's Langauge: Anmatyarr

Grandfather's Country: Aharlper

Grandmother's Language: Alyawarr

Grandmother's Country: Ngkwelay (Kirrajong Bore)

Kathleen Ngal is a senior custodian for her Country and shares great responsibility as keepers of cultural knowledge for Aharlper, located in the heart of Utopia, 250 kms North East of Alice Springs.

Kathleen and her sisters are among the most accomplished painters who have worked at Utopia during the past 20 years. Kathleen Ngal began her career in late 1979, with the production of Batiks, made by artists in Utopia prior to the introduction of painting on canvas in the mid to late 1980s.

Kathleen Ngal's work is a sophisticated play between the cultural knowledge of her country and the contemporary expression formed through the medium of synthetic paint. Thousands of dots of colour are rained across her canvas denoting flora and the geographical and sacred sites of the Bush Plum. In 2000 Kathleen Ngal was exhibited as a finalist in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award and has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1999.

Exhibitions

'''2008'''

''Wynne Prize For Landscape Painting'', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

''25th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award'', Darwin, N.T.

'''2007'''

''Journeys and Dreams'', Gecko Gallery, Broome

''My Way: A Survey of Utopia Artists'', Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane

''Memory As Landscape'', Masterpiece @IXL, Hobart

''Utopia Today'', Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

''Visions of Utopia'', Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney

''Artparis: Contemporary Art Fair'', Grand Palais, Paris, France

'''2005'''

''Memory As Landscape'', The October Gallery, London, in association with Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

'''2004'''

''Artparis: Contemporary Art Fair'', Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

'''2002'''

''Two Sisters: Kathleen and Poly Ngal'', Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

''Australian Modern'', Fondazione Mudima, Milano Italy

'''2001'''

''Utopia, a Special Painting Place'', Bett Gallery, Hobart

''Bush Plum Dreaming'', Indigenart, Perth

''Brilliance'', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

''Amerr Merungrka'', Hogarth Gallery, Sydney

'''2000'''

''17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award'', Darwin, N.T.

''Intricacies of Women'', Indigenart, Perth

'''1999'''

''Awelye'', Desart Gallery, Sydney

Achievements, Collections & Commissions

'''ACHIEVEMENTS:'''

'''2008'''

''Wynne Prize For Landscape Painting'', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Finalist

''25th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award'', Darwin, N.T., Finalist

'''2000'''

''17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award'', Darwin, N.T., Finalist

'''COLLECTIONS:'''

Art Gallery of Queensland

Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of Queensland

Benalla Art Gallery

Lauraine Diggins, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria

Nebaluna Collection, Hobart

Robert Scarborough Collection, Melbourne

Shepparton Art Gallery

private collections: Australia; Canada; United States of America