Bai Bai Napangarti - Mungai

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Artist: Bai Bai Napangarti

Title: Mungai

Cat  No: 556/06

Size: 150 x 100 cm

Acrylic on linen.

Story

In this painting Bai Bai depicts an important bush food, Mulupuku, that can be found in her country around Lake Mackay, south of Balgo. The lines in the painting depict the tali (hills) where native grasses grow in the wet season. It is from this landscape that the women gather seeds. The seeds are then washed several times before they are ground up to make a flour-like substance used to make damper. The areas on either side of the central area in the painting illustrate the ground that leads to the swamp

Bio

Born: 1st July 1939

Location: Tjawa Tjawa (Pt Moody)

Skin: Napangarti

Language: Kukatja, Ngardi and English

Bai Bai is a senior Law woman of Balgo. Her country extends from Mangkayi in the Stansmore Ranges to just south of Yagga Yagga. Bai Bai has travelled extensively for cultural reasons, and in 1989 she danced at the Shinju Matsuri Festival in Perth. She spent her youth and early adult years travelling through her family's land learning traditional law and culture. She began to paint in 1986 in Balgo, and since then has introduced younger members of her family to painting. She has been involved in several publications including Yarrtji: Six women's stories from the Great Sandy Desert, 1997, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards in 1998. Bai Bai is a long serving member of the Kimberley Land Council and a strong practitioner of women's law and culture in Balgo. Bai Bai was married to artist Sunfly Tjampitjin (now deceased).

Group Exhibitions

2008 Balgo

2008, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2008 Mixed Exhibition, Palya Art, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

2007 Mixed Exhibition, Palya Art, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

2007 New Balgo Prints & Glass, Northern Editions, Darwin, NT

2007 Women With Sticks, Susanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2007 Warlayirti Survey, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2007 Warlayirti Survey, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT

2007 Warlayirti Survey, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW

2007 Warlayirti Survey, They Might Be Giants, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2006 Recent Works, Raft Art Space, Darwin, NT

2006 Recent Works, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2006 Survey, Gallery Gondwana, Sydney, NSW 2005 Glass from the Sand Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2004 Desert Mob, Araluen Cebtre for the Arts, Alice Springs, NT

2004 Recent Works, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2004 Balgo Prints, Northern Editions, Darwin, NT

2004 Balgo 4-04, Warlayirti Artists, Balgo, WA

2003 Eight by Three, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne

2003 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs

2003 Purtatjanirri Kamu Warrmala, Framed Gallery, Darwin

2002 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2002 Balgo, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth

2002 Balgo Hills Artists 2002, Art Mob, Aboriginal Fine Art, Tasmania

2002 Art from Balgo, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs

2002 Big Colour My Country, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast

2001 Opening Exhibition, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast

2001 Kutjungka, Bett Gallery, Hobart 2001 Recent Works by Artists from Balgo Hills, Ochre Gallery, Collingwood, Victoria

2001 Balgo Artists Return to Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2000 The Westside: Images in Ochre and Colour, Coo-ee II Exhibiting Gallery, Yuwayi Art Precinct, World Square, Sydney

2000 Olympic Exhibition, Coo-ee Exhibiting Gallery, Yuwayi Art Precinct, World Square, Sydney

2000 Past, Present and Future, Gallery East, Sydney

2000 Waltja - Family, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2000 Balgo Hills Aboriginal Paintings, Bett Gallery, Hobart

1999 Miliynyin, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

1998 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

1998 Painting Country, Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome 1998 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

1997 New Paintings by Balgo Women, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

1997 Daughters of the Dreaming: Sisters Together Strong, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

1996 Balgo Hills: Art of the Place, Derek Simpkins Gallery of Tribal Art, Vancouver, BC, Canada

1995 On the Trail of the Kingfisher: Aboriginal Art from Balgo Hills, Western Desert, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington

1995 Two Men Dreaming: New Art from Balgo Hills, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington

1994 Aboriginal Desert Women's Law, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat

1993 Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1991 Yapa Peintres Aborigenes de Balgo et Lajamanu, Baudon Lebon Gallery, Paris, France 1991 Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, High Court, Canberra

1990 Recent Balgo Paintings, Dreamtime Gallery, Perth

1989 Balgo Paintings, Robert Steele Gallery, Adelaide

1989 Balgo Paintings, Dreamtime Gallery, Perth

1989 Recent Paintings from Balgo, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1988 Art from Balgo Hills, Birukmarri Gallery, Freemantle

1986 Art from the Great Sandy Desert, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Collections

Morven Estate

Helen Read Collection

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Berndt Museum of Anthropology

University of Western Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Holmes a Court Collection

Perth Kluge-Ruhe Collection, USA

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Kelton Collection, USA

Laverty Collection

Ken Thompson and Pierre Marecaux Collection

Bibliography

1994 Johnson, V., The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, NSW

1994 Dream Journeys Calendar, image reproduction

1991 Crumlin, R., (ed.), Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, Collins Dove, North Blackburn, Vic

1991 Glowczewski, B., Yapa Peintres Aborigenes de Balgo et Lajamanu, Lebon Gallery, Paris, France

1989 Stanton, J., Painting the Country: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Kimberley Region, WA, University of Western Australia Press, Perth


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