More about Judy Watson Napangardi

Judy Watson (b. 1925) was born in Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station in Central Australia, at the time when many indigenous people were living a traditional nomadic life. Judy made many trips on foot with her family to her country. She lived for long periods at Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts, places that are rich in bush tucker such as wanakiji, bush plums, yakajirri, bush tomatoes, and wardapi, sand goanna. Judy still frequently went hunting in the country west of Yuendumu, near her homelands during the later periods of her life.

Judy was taught painting by her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson. Despite her small stature, Judy had ten children, two of whom she outlived. She iwas a woman of incredible energy, which is transmitted to her work through her dynamic use of colour.

In 2007, Judy was listed of one of the 50 most collectable artists by the Australian Art Collector Magazine. Judy passed away in 2016.