June Bird Ngale


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Born: 1955

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Silk Batik

Subjects: Alpar (Rat-tail Plant) Story, Ahakeye (Bush Plum), Ahakeye at Aremela Rockhole, Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Waterhole

June Bird is the daughter of Ada Bird Petyarre and Tommy Bird Mpetyane (both dec). She lives with her husband and children in the Utopia Region in Central Australia.

June worked in batik during the 1980's and her work is part of the prestigious Robert Holmes á Court Collection.

Her style of painting reflects a strong influence from her mother's paintings.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

University of Queensland, Brisbane

Anthropology Museum, St Lucia

Exhibitions

1985 The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
1999 My Country, Powerful Expressions, Wollondilly Galerie, Germany
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford and Greenwich
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill