Dancing Women


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Angeline Ngala’s Atham-areny paintings depict the women in preparation for singing and dancing with witch doctors to draw sickness out of those touched by the Atham-areny creatures. Atham-areny which are small creatures who live where there is no fire.

Born in 1947, Angelina lives and works in Ngkawenyerre, Utopia, Northern Territory. Her work has been collected by many significant public and private collections including the Holmes á Court Collection, the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.

Married to the painter and sculptor Louis Pwerle (deceased) Angeline is the sister of painters Kathleen Ngala and Polly Ngala all of whom paint the Dreaming – Bush Plum. Angeline was part of the batik project in 1988 and her work is featured in the Robert Holmes á Court Collection which has toured extensively within Australia and overseas. She began to use the medium of acrylic paint on canvas in the summer of 1988-9 as part of the CAAMA project with the Utopia women’s paintings: ‘The First works on Canvas, A Summer Project’. She has continued to paint with acrylics on canvas.