Ngalpingka Simms | Artist Profile

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About

Ngalpingka Simms was born at a place in Western Australia known to Anangu (Aboriginal people) as Wayiyul. Wayiyul is a Seven Sister's site, situated to the north of Warburton Community, and is therefore a sacred site. Ngalpingka spent her early days living a traditional lifestyle with her small family group and later moved into Warburton Mission where many Ngaanyatjarra people settled. She spent many years at Warburton living a semi nomadic lifestyle and participating in traditional ceremony. Now living at Tjuntjuntjara and married to Spinifex elder Lennard Walker Ngalpingka paints at Spinifex. She has participated with the Spinifex Artists since 1998 and is a valuable and knowledgeable member of the group who paints her homeland area associated with the Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters) as well as collaborative paintings.

Medium

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Themes

Minyma Tjuta,
Wati Kutjara

Group Exhibitions

2017 Spinifex Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2016 Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 DesertMob Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. (collaboration with Estelle Hogan, Kanta Donegal and Myrtle Pennington)
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2016 Exposition Spinifex Arts Project, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Belgium
2016 Tjungutja – Art of the Spinifex Collaborative, Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2016 Purungu und Narrupa Sammlung, in association with P. & A. Klein and ArtKelch, Kunstwerk, Germany
2015 Tarnanthi - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. SA.
2015 Wo das Stachelkopfgras wachst, ArtKelch, Freibery, Germany
2015 Kulunypa - selected small works from the Spinifex Arts Project, Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2015 Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation, The British Museum, London
2015 Tjuntjuntjara Nguratja- Tjuntjuntjara is home Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2014 Tjuntjuntjara, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2014 'Spinifex Tjukurpa' ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2013 'New 3 - Selected recent acquisitions 2011-2013' University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Queensland.
2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch touring exhibition Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2013 'The Women's Show' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2012 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, W.A.
2012 'Tupun Nguranguru: People of the Sandhill Country' - Spinifex Arts Project 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery at forty five downstairs, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 'The Women’s Show', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 'Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour.
2010 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA. 2010 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, NT.
2009 'Generation Next', Randall Lane Gallery, Perth, WA.
2009 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria.
2009 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2009 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
2009 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2009 'Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA (Women’s Collaborative)
2008 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2008 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT.
2008 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle
2007 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2007 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
2007 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2007 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2006 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A.
2006 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A.
2006 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2005 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England.
2005 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2005 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W.
2005 'Law and Land' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2004 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic.
2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
2003 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
2003 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic.
2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour
2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T.
2001 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections

Artbank, Australian Government Collection, Australia
Collection Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germany (Women's Collaborative)
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. (as part of the Women's Collaborative)
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA (Women’s Collaborative)
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle USA (Women’s Collaborative)
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD.
The Sims Dickson Collection, NSW (Collaborative with Kathleen Donnegan)
The British Museum, London, England. (Women's Collaborative)

Awards

2015 Finalist (Women's Collaborative) 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museumsand Art Galleries, Darwin, N.T
2009 Finalist (as part of the Women’s Collaborative), Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA

Bibliography

2015 Sculthorpe, Gaye. 2015, Bringing great Australian Indigenous works of art into the light at the British Museum,The Financial Review, April 29th
2015 Edmons, Penny. 2015 Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum is insider activism at its best, The Conversation, April 22nd
2015 Dulaney, Michael. 2015 Spinifex artwork takes pride of place at British Museum, The Kalgoorlie Miner, May 8th
2015 Sculthorpe,G. Carty,J. Morphy,H. Nugent,M. Coats, I. Bolton, L. Jones,J. Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation (exh cat) The British Museum, London, UK.
2015 Reuters video, Prince Charles says Indigenous history as important as ANZAC day, Reuters, May 1st
2015 Nicholls, Christine. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation is a challenge to review, The Conversation, 27th April
2015 Neill, Rosemary. 2015, British Museum indigenous exhibition earns royal approval, The Australian, May 2nd
2015 Jones, Jonathon. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation a fabulous beast, The Gardian, April 21st
2013 Rothwell, Nicolas. “Dilemma of difference in indigenous art awards”, The Australian August 13, 2013
2012 Hacket, J. Forrest, S. Malcolm, C. Cane, S. Carty, J. Lane, C. Cruthers, J. Chadwick, R. Allerton, L.'Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow' (exh. cat) John Curtin Gallery, Perth. W. A.
2012 Allerton, L., Rothwell, N. & McLean, I. 2012, Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country: Spinifex Arts Project 15th Anniversary exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2012 Jorgensen, D.J. 2012, 'No Place Without Other Places: Spinifex Arts Project at fifteen years', ARTLINK: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 32, 2, pp. 86-87.
2012 Rothwell, Nicolas. "Paintings of lifetimes in the desert" The Australian, August 6th 2012.
2011 Ryan, J. 2011, Living Water: Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
2010 Vivien Anderson Gallery 2010, Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now (exh. cat.), Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2010 Cumpston, N. 2010, Desert Country (exh. cat.), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA
2009 Japingka Gallery, 2009, Spinifex Artists (exh. cat.), Fremantle, WA: Japingka Gallery.
2009 Art Gallery of Western Australia 2009, Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
2008 Vivien Anderson Gallery, 2008, Kapi Ninti – Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2002 Cane, S. 2002, Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People, Fremantle Arts Centre Press Fremantle WA

Artworks of Ngalpingka Simms