Topsy Peterson Napangardi
21 July – 21 August 2021
Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, Fortitude Valley
Mitchell Fine Art presents a follow up exhibition of paintings portraying the Australian desert landscape, highlighting the contrast of artistic influences between family members.
Topsy Peterson Napangardi was born in the remote desert of Central Australia 1954 and is the sister of artist Lily Kelly Napangardi, who was previously exhibited in June. Like her sister, Topsy grew up learning the dreaming stories of her ancestors and it is these stories that she also portrays in her paintings.
Topsy’s paintings are constructed using small dots in a series of colours. Each colour is carefully selected and applied to ensure balance and continuity, reflecting the sandhills (Tali) of her birth country. Passed to her by her father, the structure and composition of her paintings is quite different from that of her sister.
“I paint my father’s country west of Yuendumu. He was a Yuendumu man, a Warlpiri man. Sandhills and scrub country, same as Lily, same Dreaming. The Dreaming stays the same [but its] the colours, I always like to use new colours, colours of the land, and the sky, storm clouds and sunrise and sunsets,” said Topsy.