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Angeline Kngale

1947 Australia

1 Works exhibited



  • About the Artist
Born to Nellie Petyarre in the arid desert area of Utopia Station in 1947, Angelina Ngale has become an Australian renowned aboriginal artist with her work held in collections both nationally and internationally. Initially Angelina began in the medium of batik when this begun in the late 1970’s at Utopia. When acrylics swept the Utopia region about a decade later Angelina made the swift transition and has continued using this medium like other Utopia artists. Becoming well known for her fine dot representations of the Anwekety (conkerberry, also known as conkleberry and bush plum) Angelina quickly became a household name amongst Australian Indigenous galleries. Like most other women Angelina can paint the women’s ceremonial body paint designs (Awelye) which she does so with a bold and colourful feel, though she paints much less of this. Angelina also enjoys painting another subject, the story of Atham-areny. Atham-areny are small creatures that live where there is no fire. On a trip home to Utopia in January 2003 with Mbantua’s field team, Angelina showed us the site of the Atham-areny story and agreed to paint this story for us. Angelina returned with her first two Atham-areny paintings later that month both of which are now held in the Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection. Her Atham-areny paintings depict the women prepared to sing and dance with witch doctors to draw sickness out of those touched by the Atham-areny creatures. On a personal level, Angelina was wife number one to artist and sculptor Louis Pwerle (1935 – 1999) though their union never bore children.

Works by Angeline Kngale

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60 x 120 cm


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