Glenda Napanagka Martin was born in 1980 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in NT of Australia. She began her education at her local school, then Yirara College, Alice Springs, a boarding school for indigenous students. Glenda is the grand-daughter of Shorty Jangala Robertson (Deceased), who was an active member of the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association and an artist whose first solo exhibition was met with great artistic acclaim. He is highly regarded in Australia and overseas.
Glenda Napanagka has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu and Nyirripi, since 2014. She paints her grandfather’s Ngapa Jukurrpa, (Water Dreaming) – Puyurru, stories relating directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. They have been passed down through the generations for millennia. She uses an unrestricted palette, blending her own patterns with ancestral motifs to depict her traditional Jukurrpa.
When Glenda is not painting she enjoys spending time with her close family and friends.