Nyangulya Katie Nalgood

Nyangula Katie Nalgood

Spinifex Hill Studio

I was born in Liveringa Station in the Kimberley: you come to the Myroodah river crossing then you’re there. I grew up there and went to school at Camballin, then I went to Derby High School and then to boarding school at Sir James Mitchell in Mount Lawley.

I came back to Camballin to finish my school there. I been coming up and back, Kimberley to Port Hedland. I like coming here to [do] art: keeping busy, better than sitting at home. Painting and relaxing, that’s why I like coming here.

Nyangulya Katie Nalgood is a Walmajarri woman. Born in 1946 in the Kimberley, she grew up on a station north of the Fitzroy River, and now lives in South Hedland with her family. Her husband was the artist Nyaparu (William) Gardiner (dec.).

Nyangulya started out painting only the birds native to her Country in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, and collaborated with family members to help her sketch out their forms. Her technical skill has since become more refined, and she now works independently. Her imagination has also expanded, and she
looks to birds from across Western Australia, finding inspiration in their different colours, forms, and personalities.

Language: Walmajarri

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