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Joylene Reid Napangardi


Joylene Reid Napangardi is a Pintupi artist from Kintore in the Western Desert. Joylene is the daughter of the artist Walangkura Napurrula and was born in Papunya in 1971. Joylene Reid Napangardi grew up at Ikuntji community at Haasts Bluff and later moved to Tjukurla community and later to Kintore (Walungurru).

Joylene Reid Napangardi paints the stories and designs associated with the Women’s Tingari Ceremonies of the Western Desert. The Tingari ceremonies remain at the heart of Pintupi Law and culture. Joylene Reid Napangardi uses these traditional elements to give the meaning and structure to her paintings. In 2012 Joylene Reid Napangardi participated in the exhibition “Desert Gold” at Japingka Gallery in Fremantle.

Joylene Reid Napangardi – is also recorded as Joyleen Napangardi Reid and Joyleen Napangati Reid

Joylene Reid Napangardi is a Pintupi woman from Tjiturulnga Walungurru (Kintore), and area to the west of Alice Springs.

Coming from an artistic lineage, Joylene's parents are Walangkura Napurrula and Kalara Tjapangarti. After growing up at the Ikuntji settlement of Haasts Bluff, in 1981 she returned from the community to Tjukurla and eventually settled in Kintore.

Joylene's works are primarily 'Women's Tingari' depictions of her country and the sacred women's sites between the communities of Kintore and Kiwirkurra in the Western Desert of Central Australia. Her people would conduct important ceremonies at these sites and tell stories of traveling ancestors who would gather at these sites to rest, sing and dance in the past. Joylene's choice of colours usually represent the more traditional pigments used for ground designs and body decoration. Her sense of design and movement shows the close association between painted images and the physical landscape.

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