Barbara Reid Napangardi

Barbara Reid Napangardi
1964 (Mungurry, Western Australia)

Country: Kintore, Northern Territory
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Ngaanyatjarra


Barbara Reid Napangarti was born around 1964 in the Tjukurla region of the Gibson Desert of Western Australia. Her language is Ngaanyatjarra.

Barbara began painting in 1987 with the Centre for Aboriginal Artists in Alice Springs. Barbara Reid depicts her traditional country with a distinctive personal style. Many of her paintings feature the puli (rock formations) and tali (valley's) of this country and tell women's ceremonial stories related to the formation of the natural environment around Tjukurla.

This area is dominated by expansive sand hills and rock holes containing water where bush foods are found. Essential to Barbara's work is the women's sacred stories (minyma stories) involving the role of the women as healers and providers in Ngaanyatjarra society.


2000 Japingka Gallery, Perth
2000 Vivian Anderson Gallery,Melbourne
2000 Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2000 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2001 Alliance Francaise de Canberra


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia