ABORIGINAL ARTIST DOROTHY NAPANGARDI KILLED IN CAR CRASH
03 June 2013
Prominent Aboriginal artist Dorothy Napangardi was killed in a car accident near Alice Springs at the weekend.
Napangardi was regarded as one of Australia’s leading contemporary Aboriginal artists, and her works are contained in major collections around the world.
She was born in the community of Mina Mina in the Tanami Desert in the early 1950s and first began to paint in 1987.
Napangardi was awarded the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2001.
Alison Thatcher, the curator of Indigenous art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, says she was one of the 50 most collected artists in the Indigenous art scene in Australia.
“I think it’s a great loss in terms of the Indigenous art community,” Ms Thatcher said.
“She was a very significant artist, very well-known not only in Alice Springs but Australia.”