Meet the Artist

Tina Napangardi Martin

Tina Napangardi Martin

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Born

1960

Skin name

Napangardi

Language

Warlpiri

Country

Yuendumu, NT

Tina Napangardi Martin Robertson was born in 1960 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal comminity 290 km north-west of Alive Springs in the NT of Australia.

Tina Napangardi Martin Robertson was born in 1960 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal comminity 290 km north-west of Alive Springs in the NT of Australia. Her parents and grandparents are deceased and she had only one sister who lives in Laramba community, near Napperby Station. Tina went to the local school in Yuendumu. She lived there for most of her life, but now lives in Nyirripi after married her second husband, Douglas Wilson. They have one son born in 1997. She also has five grown-up children from her first marriage. Tina has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1996.

When Warlukurlangu Artists began exploring print making in 1997, Tina began screen printing and batik. However it wasn’t until 2007, when the children were grownup, that Tina found time to paint on a regular base. She paints het father’s Jukurrpa stories which include Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming) and Janyinki Jukurpa (Yanyinki Dreaming). She also paints Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming) and recently Pulundari Jukurrpa (Mushroom Dreaming).

Tina enjoys painting, especially when her children and grandchildren are watching. She loves to explain to them the meaning of the different designs and patterns. She also enjoys going hunting on weekends for bush tomato and bush sultanas and when she can she visits her father’s country.

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