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Aboriginal Artist Barbara Reid
Barbara Reid Napangarti commenced painting in 1987 and is one of the original female painters of the desert art movement. She was born at Paaya in 1962 near Tjukurla which is situated at the edge of a large salt lake, Lake Hopkins near the Western Australia – Northern Territory border. Tjurkurla is about 810 kilometres directly west of Alice Springs and well to the south of Balgo Hills although both are situated on the same longditude. Barbara's language is Ngaanyatjarra.
DREAMINGS

Barbara Reid Napangarti incorporates many Dreaming sites in her paintings. They include sandhills, rock holes, water soakages and landforms found throughout her country. It is at these sacred sites that the women narrated their Dreamtime stories through song lines, dance cycles and body paint.

In painting Minyma Tingari, Barbara describes the journey of the Tingari women who, with the Tingari men, travelled vast distances across the land creating laws and rituals and shaping particular sites during the Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime). The sacred stories (minyma) and songs are the spiritual foundation on which Barbara bases her paintings. Barbara incorporates many Dreaming sites in her paintings. They include sandhills, rock holes, water soakages and landforms found throughout her country. It is at these sacred sites that the women narrated their Dreamtime stories through song lines, dance cycles and body paint.

BARBARA REID'S PAINTING STYLE

As is the case with many of the female western desert painters, Barbara employs the creamy thick textures that have such a tactile quality. They do, after all, represent the earth where everything begins and ends. The traditional painters such as Barbara are very conscious of the skin of the earth. It is an interesting exercise to watch her paint as Barbara has mastered the flow and juddering, joined dotted line which is also characteristic of the paintings from Balgo. 

Barbara’s paintings are held in major galleries in Australia and overseas. 

Artworks

Barbara Reid Western Desert Aboriginal Artist
Sand Hills
Cat. No. 7242
60 x 90 cm
AUD 990
Barbara Reid, Kintore Aboriginal artist
Tingari
Cat. No. 9404
120 x 180 cm
AUD 4,400