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LINDA SYDDICK

Linda is a Pintupi woman who was born at Lake Mackay in the Gibson Desert, WA, in 1937. Her Aboriginal name is Tjunkiya Wukula Napaltjarri. Linda┬┤s father Rintje Tjungurrayi was killed by a revenge spearing party when she was a baby and she was subsequently brought up by her mother and her stepfather, Lankata Shorty Tjungurrayi. Linda was raised in the desert in traditional nomadic fashion until the age of eight when her family came across Haasts Bluff Mission and ration station. It was here that Linda was instructed in Lutheran doctrine and the ways of the Western world, and it was here that she remembers Lankata painting canvases made from calico ration bags using natural ochres as early as 1945. Before Lankata died in 1985, he specifically instructed Linda to carry on his work and paint his Dreamings. And so it was that in 1986 Linda was taught the art of dot painting by two of her uncles Uta Uta Tjangala and Nosepeg Tjupurrula. Since this time she's been a finalist in the Blake Prize and The National Indigenous Heritage Art Award. Her paintings have been collected by organisations such as the Richard Kelton Foundation USA, The National Gallery of Australia ACT and the Brendt Museum of Anthropology WA.

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