Barbara Napangarti Reid is a Ngaanyatjarra woman working in a individualistic style depicting the country of Tjukurla in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. She was born in 1964 and is the daughter of Yala Yala Gibbs & Ningura Napurrula. Barbara's paintings are beautiful depictions of place, paintings of the lands to which she is custodian and the songs that explain them.
Characteristic for Barbara is the depiction of puli - rock formations, and tuli - sand hills, those features that are so much a part of the land from which she comes. Also vital to Barbara's work is the telling of women's sacred stories - minyma - narratives that revolve around the role of the woman as healer and provider within Ngaanyatjarra society. With their beautiful lyricism and exquisite tonal palette Barbara's paintings work to capture the viewer, mesmerising The viewer with their quiet intensity and irrepressible joy.
Barbara has been painting as early as 1987 where she first started with the Centre for Aboriginal Artists in Alice Springs. Barbara and family have now moved to Alice Springs where she paints regularly. Vital to Barbara's work is the telling of women's sacredstories - minyma - narratives that revolve around the role of the woman as healer and provider within Ngaanyatjarra society.
:~ "Salt, Sand and Spinifex" Japingka Gallery, June 2000.
~"Barbara Napangarti Reid" Vivien Anderson Gallery, August 2000
~ 17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, N.T.
:~ Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin.