Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri

Australian Indigenous Artists Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri was born in Haasts Bluff about 1948. In 2006 she was the winner of the 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Award. In 2004 Ngoia received First Prize in the Advocate Central Australian Award. Her paintings tell the story of the wet and dry seasons such as the swamps and lakes shown as ovals in her paintings near Nyrripi (Talarada) Northwest of Mt Liebig. She paints her father country, which is a sacred Walpiri territory associated with narratives to the ‘water snake’. The oval shapes in her paintings are iconographic representations of the swamps and lakes near Nyrripi (Talarada) Northwest of Mount Liebig. The region is charged with the spiritual presence of the ‘water snake’ which lives beneath the surface. This is the area where her father was hunting in the past. Ngoia has a special custodianship responsibility for this country.