Molly Jugadai - Kaarkurutinytja

Molly Jugadai - Kaarkurutinytja

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Artist: Molly Jugadai
Title: Kaarkurutinytja
Code: 08MJ298
Size: 183 x 137 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
Stretched and ready to hang.

This work describes Kaakurutinytja (Lake MacDonald) in Western Australia and the surrounding desert landscape.  Molly paints the Tali Tali (Sand Hills) and the sale lake Kaarkurutinytja.  This area is sacred to Molly's mother, Narputta Nangala Jugadai as it is Narputta's father's country.  Narputta left the area as a small child during a prolonged period of drought, Narputta still paints the country as a means of keeping connections with the sacred places and keeping the stories alive.  To keep the important stories alive, Narputta's eldest daughter Molly Napaltjarrti Jugadi has been given permission by her mother to continue to telling this story.

Artist Bio:

Artist: Molly Jugadai Napaltjarri
Skin Name: Napaltjarri
Born: 1954 - 2011
Region: West of Kintore
Language: Pintupi/Luritja
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Seven Sisters, Bush Tucker Haast Bluff.

Molly's paintings are held in major collections in Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia.

Molly participated in 58 exhibitions from 2004 to 2015 in Australia, France, Germany, Belgium, England, USA, and Singapore.

Maluya Jugadai (Molly) is the eldest daughter of Narputta Nangala. Maluya was instrumental in the establishment of Ikuntji Art Centre in 1992 and has been a staunch supporter and practising artist at the studio ever since. Maluya was born under a Ngalta tree about three kilometres west of the existing Haasts Bluff community in 1954, shortly after the establishment of the mission community of the period. A Napaltjarri skin woman, Maluya in her first decade of artistry initially painted the story of the “Napaltjarri Children (or Sisters)” who came in space ships to earth thousands of years ago. They represent the first people on earth. The children travel the country every night seeking dew and mungari amid the vegetation of the desert. Due to illness her mother, Narputta, has granted Molly permission to paint the story of the massive saltlake, Kaarkurutintya (Lake MacDonald), which is the sacred country of Narputta. Surrounded by tali, or sand hills, the lake is mostly depicted during the dry season, but is sometimes painted as it appears after heavy rains. Sadly, Molly passed away in early May 2011.


  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Art Collection, Canberra, ACT


  • Kaléidoscope millénaire avec les artistes dIkuntji, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium2015-11-19
  • Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair, Tandanya Institute. Adelaide2015-10-09
  • 9th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT2015-08-07
  • Art Parade 2015 2015-03-06
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair2014-08-07
  • Estate Works from an Ikuntji artist, Tali Gallery, Sydney2013-04-28
  • Artkelch, Germany2010-01-01
  • Kate Owen Gallery @ Chifley Tower, Sydney, "Visions of the Desert"2009-01-01
  • ArtMob, Hobart, "Ikuntji Icons"2009-01-01
  • Artequity, Sydney, "Land and Mythology - Art of the Western Desert"2009-01-01
  • QDos Arts, Lorne (Victoria), "Ikuntji Artists"2009-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney, "Mixed Show"2009-01-01
  • Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, "IKUNTJI ARTISTS"2009-01-01
  • Beckworth Gallery, Ballarat, VIC, "Ikuntji Artists"2009-01-01
  • Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, "Winter Warmers"2009-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Gallows Gallery, Perth, WA2009-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Cabinet Malemont, Paris, France2009-01-01
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, Ikuntji meets Brisbane2009-01-01
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, "Desertmob 2009"2009-01-01
  • Desert Sands Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Mayfair London, U.K., ‘Ikuntji’2009-01-01
  • Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, "Ikuntji Painters"2008-01-01
  • ARTKELCH, Freiburg i.Br., Germany, "Gruppenausstellung"2008-01-01
  • Victoria Carroll and Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi, Battersea London, U.K., ‘Ikuntji’2008-01-01
  • Hogarth Galleries, Sydney NSW, "Yungkiya & Kulunypa - Old & New"2008-01-01
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane QLD, "Ikuntji Now"2008-01-01
  • Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi Contemporary Fine Art, London England, "Ikuntji Artists"2008-01-01
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT, "Desertmob"2008-01-01
  • Artitja Fine Art, Perth W.A., "Desert Stories: 2008"2008-01-01
  • Kingsfisher Gallery, Perth, Western Australia, "Ikuntji Women Painters"2008-01-01
  • Gondwana Gallery, Sydney, My Mothers Story2008-01-01
  • QDos Gallery, Lorne (Victoria), "Ikuntji Show"2008-01-01
  • Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs & Sydney, "Divas of the Desert"2008-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney, "Group Show"2008-01-01
  • Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, "Ikuntji Senior Women"2007-01-01
  • Gallery Gondwana, "Naïve Show"2007-01-01
  • Bandigan Gallery, Sydney, "Yaiti Yamimi"2007-01-01
  • Palya Art, Darwin/Sydney, "Palya @ Mary Place"2007-01-01
  • Booker Lowe Gallery, Texas, USA, "Group Show"2007-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth, "Ngankirritja"2007-01-01
  • Short St Gallery, Broome, "Group Show"2007-01-01
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, "Where The Wild Flowers Grow"2007-01-01
  • Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, "Desert Mob"2007-01-01
  • Palya Art, Melbourne, "Group Show"2007-01-01
  • Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, "Group Show"2007-01-01
  • Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs, "Divas of the Desert"2007-01-01
  • Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, "DesertMob"2006-01-01
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "Anangu"2006-01-01
  • "Big Country", Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs2005-01-01
  • Strata, Araluen Alice Springs2005-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth2005-01-01
  • "Desert Divas", Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs2005-01-01
  • "Concord", Framed Gallery, Darwin2005-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth2004-01-01
  • Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs2004-01-01
  • Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne2004-01-01
  • Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London2004-01-01
  • Fireworks, Brisbane2004-01-01
  • Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, My Grandmothers Dreaming2004-01-01


The painting is accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity and full artist bio.

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