Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri was born at Lake MacKay in the Western Australian Desert around 1937. Linda was raised by her mother in the traditional nomadic fashion until the age of eight or nine, when her family walked out of the desert and decided to settle at Haasts Bluff in Central Australia.

Linda's paintings are inspired by both her traditional nomadic life in the desert, and the Dreamings of her father and step-father. Linda's father was Rintje Tjungurrayi and was he killed by a revenge spearing party Linda was a baby. She has no memory of her father and her paintings are inspired by the stories told to her by her mother.

Before his death her stepfather, artist Langkata Shorty Tjungurrayi instructed Linda to carry on his work and paint his Dreamings. Linda often paints the Dreaming story of the Tingari and the Emu Men. The Emu Men were ancestral beings who roamed the landscape during the Dreamtime or Creation Period. The Emu was the totem of her father, Rintje Tjungurrayi and step father, Langkata Shorty Tjungurrayi. Linda paints country mostly around Lake MacKay, it was where Linda was born and travelled for most of her early childhood.

Amongst her many achievements Linda was selected as a finalist in Australian Perspecta in 1993. She was awarded Winner of the Northern Territory Art Award and runner-up in the Heritage Art Award during 1995; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander two year Fellowship in 1996; and has been a four-time finalist in the Blake Prize.

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