Linda Syddick Napaltjarri (LS-1003) – Windmill (60cm x 60cm)
Acrylic on Linen
- Artist Biography
Artist: Linda Syddick Napaltjarri
Size: 60cm x 60cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
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Linda is the daughter of Wanala Nangala and Rintja Tjungurrayi. Her paintings are inspired by both her traditional nomadic life in the desert and the Dreaming of her father and stepfather. Linda’s father was Rintje Tjungurrayi. Rintje was killed by a revenge spearing party in accordance with customary law when Linda was about eighteen months old. Her stepfather, artist Lungkata Shorty Tjungurrayi, subsequently brought her up. Before Lungkata died in 1985, he instructed Linda to carry on his work and paint his Dreaming. In 1986, her two Uncles Uta Uta Tjangala and Nosepeg Tjupurrula taught Linda the art of painting. Linda was taught the elements of Christianity by the missionaries in the Mission School. She spent three years there before walking to Papunya and later onto Mount Leibig community. Like the other Pintupi people Linda and her descendants have been Christians in addition to their Aboriginal identity since that time. Linda says “I am Black-fella Artist Woman, me and I’m Christian”. Many of her paintings have strong Christian imagery, such as her “Three Wise Men” works.