Pauline Napangardi Gallagher

Aboriginal Warlpiri woman

Pauline Napangardi Gallagher (deceased, 2023) was born in 1952 in Yuendumu. Her country is Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs), a sacred water hole and located near Mount Doreen Station west of Yuendumu and approximately 350 km north-west of Alice Springs. Since 2006 she painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in NT of Australia. She painted her father’s stories – Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Pikilyi Dreaming) and Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), Dreamings that relate to her land, its features and animals. They have been passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for millennia. She loved colour and used an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional Aboriginal culture.