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Linda Tjunkaya Wukula Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda's paintings are inspired by both her traditional normadic life in the desert and the Tjukurrpa of her father and stepfather, as well as the Christianity she encounted through the Lutheran Mission at Hassts Bluff mission-run Ration Station in the late 1940's. Linda was born to a Pitjantjatjara mother, Wanala Nangala, from Pulu Rockhole in WA, and Pintupi father Riinytye Tjungurrayi, whose Country was on the shores of Lake Mackay. After Linda's father was killed by a revenge spearign party when Linda was a toddler, Linda's mother took Linda east to Walungurru region, around 1943. Wanala married again to Shorty lungkata Tjungarrayi. Known as a kind man, Shorty Lungkata raised Linda as his own. She grew up in a traditional lifestyle, walking the Pintupi homelands with her family and gaining knowledge of her country. Eventually, as a result of treeible drought and increasing pressure from encroaching Europeans, the family journeyed an incredible distance east to reach the ration depot run by the Lutheran Missionaries at Hassts Bluff. About ten years late, they travelled north to Papunya, then a goverment Reserve.
Shorty Lungkarta Tjungarrayi was one of the last men to join the other artist while living in Papunya, speaking no English at all. As Linda grew up, and before he died, he instructed Linda carefully so she could carry on his work and paint his Tjukurrpa, such as the Emu Dreaming at Warukurrithie Rockhole, the Tingarri Cycles. He painted blue-tounge lizard, goannam bush banana, snake and bandicoot, and the Tjapaltjarri Brothers. Shorty Lungkarta Tjungarrayi became a famous early Western Desert painter until his death in 1986.
A strong minded and independant woman,, Linda recalled her first experience of painting in the Papunya schoolroom. She began painting seriously for Papunya Tula Artist in the early 1980's under her fathers tutelage. She continued to develop her style under the guidance of some of the other great masters such as her uncles, Nosepeg Tjupurrula and Uta Uta Tjangla. Linda married several times. Her second husband was Musty Syddick (Cedick), also an occassional painter for Papunya Tila Artist in the 1970's. Linda remarried after his death but retained Syddick as her last name. She had two daughters, Ruby and Irene.
Linda Syddick is an innovator and deeply religious. Her paintings reflect an unusual syncretic approach, synthesising both her knowledge of the Tjukurrpa and her staunch Christian beliefs. in 1990 she travelled to Sydney to see her painting Ngkarte Dreaming hung in the annual Blake Prize for Religious Art adn included ina travelling exhibition of 37 paintings to tour the eastern states, She has been a finalist for the Blake Prize and Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander award and she won the Painting Category at the 23rd Telstra NAtional Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2006.
Solo Exhibitions
2017, May Witchdoctor and the Windmill Mitchell Fine Art Gallery Brisbane QLD
2014, March Linda Syddick New Exhibition Japingka Fine Art Gallery Fremantle WA
2007 Linda Syddick Napaltjarri Japingka Fine Art Gallery Fremantle WA
1993 Linda Syddick Aboriginal & Pacific Art Sydney NSW
Group Exhibitions
2018 May Red Soil under Sun Glow, Tongji University Museum, Shanghai
2018 April Works on paper, Tangentyere Artist Gallery,Alice Springs NT
2017 December Tangentyere Artist Christmas Exhibition, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2017 October Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair, Tandanya Cultural Centre Adelaide SA
2017 September Desert Mob Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs NT
2017 August Darwin Aborginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre Darwin NT
2017 April Ngura Kutjupa, Walyta Kutju Tangentyere Artist Gallery Alice Springs NT
2017 February Alway Was, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2011 Land, Loss and Identity : Art of a Great Pintupi Lineage, National gallery of Victoria Melbourne VIC
2006 Dreaming their Way: Australia Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington, DC USA
2004 Holy Holy Holy, National Touring Exhibition created as part of 2004 Adelaide Festival Sa
2004 Art Event Galarie Arts Australia Stephane Jacob Lille FR
2004 Aborigenes, les couleurs du Reve Museum dhistoire naturelle Lyon FR
2003 Salon ART PARIS Galerie Arts dAustralie, Stephane Jacob / Carrousel du Louvre, Paris FR
2003 Art Aborigene contemporain Galerie Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob Cankarjev Dom Ljubljana Slovenie
2002 Salon ART PARIS Carrousel du Louvre Galerie Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob
2001 Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / Equation-Transparence, Paris FR
2000 Arts dAustralie Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / Galeries Lafayette, Paris FR
2000 Accents Australiens Arts Stephane Jacob / Espace Adamski Designs, Paris FR
2000 Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / Air France, Paris FR
1999 Australie - Art, Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / J.L. Amsler - Bastille, Paris FR
1998 Festival BD Boum, Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / Bibliotheque Municipale, Blois FR
1998 Exposition collective, LArt des Aborigenes dAustralie Le Temps du Reve Arts dAustralie Jacob / Bibliotheque municipale, Le Perreux-sur-Marne FR
1998 Exposition collective, LArt des Aborigenes dAustralie, Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / Espace Toyota, Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris FR
1997 LArt des Aborigenes dAustralie, Stephane Jacob/Gaberie Stassart, Bruzelle Bel
1997 Exposition collective, LArt des Aborigenes dAustralie, Stephane Jacob/ Espace Paul Riquet, Beziers FR
1996 LArt des Aborigenes dAustralie, Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / ; Espace Paul Riquet, Beziers FR
1996 Dreamings of the Desert South Australian Art Gallery, Adelaide SA
1996 Exploring Two Worlds Hogarth Gallery, Sydney NSW
1996 Spirit and Place Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW
1995 Aboriginal Kunst, Pays-Bas NE
1994 People/Places, interactions with land by some contemporary Central Australian Artists Hour Art, Darwin NT
1993 Perpetual Motion, Australie Stuttgart, GE
1993 Exposition collective Australian National University, Canberra ACT
1993 Australian Perspecta Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT
1990 Our Dreaming Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT
1989 Papunya Artists LewAllen Gallery Santa Fe, NM USA
Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, WA Diocese of Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Dominican Monastery of New Norcia, WA
Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Musee National des Arts dAfrique et dOceanie, Paris, France
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT Museum de Lyon, Lyon, France
Museum dHistoire Naturelle de Lyon, Lyon, France
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
St Andrews Catholic Church, Marayong, NSW
St Josephs Catholic Church, Hadleigh, Great Britain
St Patricks Parish Centre, Blacktown, NSW
St Vincent Private Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
The Richard Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

2012 Anon, Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, Wikipedia Last edited 23 December 2017 -
2008 Johnson, V, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists, IAD Press, Alice Springs, NT -
2005 Myers, F, Linda Syddick On Longing. in M Charlesworth, F Dussart & H Morphy (eds), Aboriginal Religions in Australia: An Anthology of Recent Writings. Ashgate Press, Oxford.
2005 Nelson, R, Holy, Holy, Holy, The Age Newspaper, June 29 - holy/2005/06/28/1119724631725.html
2018 Finalist, Blake Prize for Religious Art, Casual Powerhouse, Sydney, NSW
2009 Finalist, 26th Telstra NATSIAA, MAGNT Darwin, NT
2008 Finalist, 25th Telstra NATSIAA, MAGNT Darwin, NT
2006 Winner, 23rd Telstra NATSIAA, MAGNT Darwin, NT
2004 Highly Esteemed, Alice Contemporary Art Prize, Alice Springs, NT
2003 Visual Art Grant, Australia Council for the Arts.
1996 Two year Visual Arts Fellowship, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Board, Australia Council for the Arts
1995 Finalist, 12th Telstra NATSIAA, MAGNT Darwin, NT
1995 One year Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts.
1994 Runner Up, Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra ACT
1990 Finalist, Blake Prize for Religious Art, Sydney, NSW across four years in the 1990s

Artworks of Linda Syddick