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Winkie Spencer Napaljarri

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists & Tangentyere Artists

W. Spencer Napaljarri was born in Pangalamu, also called White Point, site just south of Yuendumu, and linked to Amoonguna through Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) in 1960. She learned to paint when she was young from her brother, famous painter and NT police officer, Andrew Spencer Japaljarri, who passed away in 2015. Napaljarri painted alongside her sisters Isobelle and April at Tangentyere Artists, all three of which painted Wardapi Tjukurrpa (Goanna Dreaming) that travels a long way south from Yarri pirlangku, her father’s country. Napaljarri also painted Pamapardu [Flying Ant] Tjukurrpa, which is about the Flying Ant emerging after rain, from her mother’s country near Nyirripi and her own Tjukurrpa from Pangalamu [White Point].

Napaljarri painted in the classic Warlpiri style, and before joining Tangentyere Artists in 2013 painted with Jukurrpa artists’ co-operative. Napaljarri sadly passed away at the end of 2020, deeply loved community member and artist.