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Eunice Napangardi

143 Career Overall Rank

- 2016 Market Rank

  • Born: 1950 - 2005
  • Active: 1980s-

  • Region: Tanami Desert, NT, Western Desert, NT
  • Community: Papunya
  • Language: Warlpiri, Luritja

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Partner to Kaapa Tjampitjinpa during the early days of the modern painting movement at Papunya, Eunice along with her sister Pansy was one of the few women who began painting and selling works independently of the male dominated art centre. Like other female partners and relatives, she assisted the men with infilling and background dotting on their larger works. Her own creative flair and confidence, however, began to blossom during the late 1980s when Daphne Williams became art coordinator at Papunya. Eunice’s love of colour and surety of design saw her quickly become a leader in the emerging women’s painting movement of the 1990s. Her work was soon chosen to represent Australia internationally and a large piece is on permanent display at Alice Springs airport.
     
Born and raised in the bush near Yuendumu and living on the traditional bush tucker of the spinifex country, Eunice learned the ancient Dreaming stories from her grandparents, depicting them in the desert sand.  When she and her sisters Alice, Rene and Pansy Napangardi began to paint with acrylic colours, Eunice’s signature theme became Yuparli or Bush Banana Dreaming. She shows the bush banana in its various growth cycles, with radiating vines growing about the rocky crevices, close to riverbeds. It is an important food source and has specific healing qualities and is therefore of immense importance to all Aboriginal peoples of Central Australia. Her work is animated and spirited like the woman herself, expressing the rich culture of her people and their deeply spiritual connection to the land.

Apart from several trips to city art engagements, Eunice spent most of her life in the Alice Springs area and spoke limited English, but she would paint industriously, sometimes for ten hours a day, producing glorious works that travelled the globe. She began to paint with Maxie Tjampitjinpa before he died, and before her own sudden and untimely death had become a respected elder and healer.

Profile References

Johnson, Vivien. 2008. Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists. Australia. IAD Press.

Sites

Subjects

Bush Banana

Medium

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen and Canvas

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
143
AIAM100 Rating
1.1995
Sold/Offered
35/65
Clearance Rate
54%
Average Price
$4,768
Total Price
$166,865
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
0.2533 0.0000 0.0000 0.0237 0.0976 0.3453 0.1312 0.0000 0.5503 0.1455 0.0000 0.0000 0.0428 0.0000 0.0481 0.1467 0.0000
2/2 0/0 0/0 1/3 2/2 5/8 3/7 0/1 4/4 3/5 0/3 0/1 1/1 0/0 2/3 5/6 0/2
$16,043 $0 $0 $564 $2,383 $4,768 $1,913 $0 $18,927 $2,353 $0 $0 $1,830 $0 $579 $861 $0
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2016

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Bush Banana Dreaming, 2000

sale price: $68,531.00
auction: ArtCurial, Paris  lot: 7 date: 07/07/2008
133 x 464 cm Acrylic on belgian linen
2

Uparli Dreaming (Bush Banana) 1989/1991

sale price: $29,325.00
auction: Goodmans Auctioneers, Sydney  lot: 90 date: 26/09/2000
382 x 133 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
3

Bush Banana Dreaming

sale price: $12,409.00
auction: Leonard Joel Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  lot: 128 date: 10/10/2005
130 x 464 cm Acrylic on Belgian linen
4

Bush Banana Dreaming, 1990

sale price: $4,876.00
auction: ArtCurial, Paris  lot: 2 date: 07/07/2008
55 x 58.5 cm Acrylic on belgian linen
5

Bush Banana Dreaming, 1991

sale price: $4,587.00
auction: ArtCurial, Paris  lot: 715 date: 04/11/2009
60 x 50 cm Acrylic on canvas (cotton duck)
6

Bush Banana

sale price: $4,009.00
auction: Leonard Joel Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  lot: 243 date: 10/10/2005
123 x 186 cm Acrylic on canvas
7

Painted Table, Chair and Television

sale price: $4,000.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 272 date: 19/05/1992
?? cm Enamel paint
8

Bush Banana, 1981

sale price: $3,120.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 349 date: 23/11/2004
55 x 58.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
9

Banana Dreaming, 1992

sale price: $2,880.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 637 date: 04/06/2006
153 x 58.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
10

Uparli Dreaming (Bush Banana) c. 1988

sale price: $2,760.00
auction: Goodmans Auctioneers, Sydney  lot: 87 date: 09/04/2000
132.5 x 112 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

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