Barbara Reid Napangarti - Australian Aboriginal Artist
Barbara Reid Napangarti

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.

Barbara Reid Napangarti - Australian Aboriginal Artist
Barbara Reid Napangarti

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)....
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