One of the most respected Indigenous artists of the Western Desert, Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri is known world-wide for her beautiful iconography.
The daughter of Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, one of the original founders of the Western Desert art movement, Wentja and her family were forced to leave their lands after the arrival of Europeans.
Her paintings display a key motif, in most cases a large roundel, which represents an important rockhole where her family regularly camped. Surrounding the rockhole is a charged energy field of intricate dots.
Wentja's work has been exhibited in leading Australian and international exhibitions, including the 2003 exhibition Masterpieces from the Western Desert, held in London. Her works are included in major collections, such as the Kerry Stokes and Thomas Vroom Collections and the National Aboriginal Art and Culture Institute in Adelaide.
In 2008, Wenta created an exquisite collection of small etchings as she sat by a campfire at the foot of the Cleland Hills in the heart of the Western Desert. Wentja sang about the rockhole as she incorporated the motif onto the plate. These are the only etchings ever made by the artist. The simplicity of imagery and earthy tones of the desert make these small prints a beautiful addition to a contemporary art collection. There are very few editions remaining in this collection.
Read Article Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri: The artist of the great heritage by Professor Sasha Grishin