Louise Napangardi Watson

Louise Napangardi Watson



Louise Napangardi was born in 1991 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in NT of Australia. She has grown up most of her life in Yuendumu.  She began her education at her local school, then Yirara College, Alice Springs (a boarding schools for indigenous students) before completing her schooling at Kormilda College, Darwin, NT. Louise was born into a longline of artists. Her mother is Reva Nungarrayi Dickson, and her father is Bernard Japanangka Watson, nephew of late Judy Napangardi Watson (1935-2016), a well-known artist at home and abroad.                                                  

Louise has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu since 2004. She paints her Grandmother’s Dreaming: Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) and Kanta Jukurrpa (Bush Coconut Dreaming), stories that relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. They have been passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for millennial. Louise uses traditional iconology and an unrestricted palette to depict her traditional culture.

Louise has two children Chelsea and Casim. When she is not painting, she shares an interest in sport with her children, playing softball and basketball.