Angelina Ngale

Angelina Ngale

Angelina Ngale

Born: 1947

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk, Wood Carving

Subjects: Atham-areny Story, Anwekety (Conkerberry), Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Anwekety (Conkerberry), Women's Story

Born to Nellie Petyarre in the arid desert area of Utopia Station in 1947, Angelina has become an Australian renowned aboriginal artist, with her work held in collections 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 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.
Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne, VIC
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
La Trobe University Collection, Melbourne, VIC
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
The Oval Board Collection, Bishop Museum, Hawaii, USA
Painted People, Sculpture from Utopia, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, NSW
14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy
Art Gallery Culture Store, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, VIC
Not the done thing!, Niagara Galleries, Sydney, NSW
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Madrid and touring regional Spain
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
Small Wonders, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Camp Scenes and Utopia Life, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Emily and Her Legacy, Hillside Gallery with Coo-ee Art Sydney, Tokyo, Japan
23rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT - Finalist
27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT - Finalist
Boulter, M.
(1991) The Art of Utopia, Craftsman House Press, NSW
Isaacs, J.
(1998) Bush Gardens Art & Australia, Vol 35, No 4, Fine Arts Press, NSW
Kleinert, S. & Neale, M.
(2000) The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford University Press, NSW