Polly Ngale

About the Artist

Polly Ngale

Born: c.1936                 Language Group: Anmatyerre

Browse Polly's Artwork here!

Like her sisters Angelina Ngale (Pwerle) and Kathleen Ngale, Polly predominantly paints the Anwekety (conkerberry, also referred to as the bush plum), depicted through superimposed dot work.

A vibrant and bubbly person, Polly speaks little English and lives a traditional life at Utopia (North East of Alice Springs).


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

Group Exhibitions

1989  Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer
Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

1990  'Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and

2000 Arts d’Australie Stephane Jacob / Espace Mezzo - Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris; Arts d’Australie, Stephane Jacob / Air France, Paris

2003 20th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2008  Emily and Her Legacy, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo with Coo-ee Art
Sydney in conjunction with the opening of the landmark retrospective
exhibition Utopia – the Genius of Emily Kngwarreye at the National
Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan

2008 Dreamings – the Land, Outback Aboriginal Art, Caulfield, Vic

Further References

Brody, A., 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth. ©

Brody, A., 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth. ©

Aboriginal Artists Dictionary of Biographies - Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region, written by Janusz B.Kreczmanski & Margo Birnberg

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