Angela Kelly

Angela Parlinjirri, (Angela’s sacred Warlpiri name), started painting in 2000 as a hobby and interest and to extend her knowledge in traditional culture. She dedicated much of her free time with paint and canvas as an artist. Her style of art is distinctive, a manipulation of dots, rich texture and colour. Her artwork has been exhibited around Australia and in France.  Through time at the art centre she has learnt much of her yawulyu or story, dance and country as all the elders gathered here with her.  Angela read many of the books kept at the art centre about Lajamanu people and artists.  Angela is a family lady, travels between Lajamanu, Darwin and Milingimbi, NT, to visit her sons.  Travel to her father’s country, Warlu-kurlangu (south west of Yuendumu), is relatively easy, but travel to her mother’s country, Yinapaka, is very difficult because of the remoteness, she has only been there once in 2009. Angela was born in WA near the Bungle Bungles on Lansdowne Station. Her parents were station workers there during the years of payment in the way of flour, sugar and tea.  For many years she was Chairwoman for Warnayaka Art.  Her tenure saw an exciting period for this remote art centre.  Artists and staff travelled around Australia and overseas selling artwork and working on art projects.  Her knowledge of business matters of the 2 worlds she lives in, Warlpiri and Western, meant the art centre was able to flourish.  She now lives in Darwin as a dialysis patient visiting on occasion.

About Angela Kelly

Angela Parlinjirri, (Angela’s sacred Warlpiri name), started painting in 2000 as a hobby and interest and to extend her knowledge in traditional culture. She dedicated much of her free time with paint and canvas as an artist. Her style of art is distinctive, a manipulation of dots, rich texture and colour. Her artwork has been exhibited around Australia and in France.  Through time at the art centre she has learnt much of her yawulyu or story, dance and country as all the elders gathered here with her.  Angela read many of the books kept at the art centre about Lajamanu people and artists.  Angela is a family lady, travels between Lajamanu, Darwin and Milingimbi, NT, to visit her sons.  Travel to her father’s country, Warlu-kurlangu (south west of Yuendumu), is relatively easy, but travel to her mother’s country, Yinapaka, is very difficult because of the remoteness, she has only been there once in 2009. Angela was born in WA near the Bungle Bungles on Lansdowne Station. Her parents were station workers there during the years of payment in the way of flour, sugar and tea.  For many years she was Chairwoman for Warnayaka Art.  Her tenure saw an exciting period for this remote art centre.  Artists and staff travelled around Australia and overseas selling artwork and working on art projects.  Her knowledge of business matters of the 2 worlds she lives in, Warlpiri and Western, meant the art centre was able to flourish.  She now lives in Darwin as a dialysis patient visiting on occasion.

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