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Elsie Granites Napanangka


Elsie Granites Napanangka (1965) is a talented, up and coming Indigenous artist from Yuendumu, in the Northern Territory.

Yuendumu is one of the largest remote communities in central Australia and has a thriving community of Aboriginal artists, including Felicity Robertson Nampitjinpa and the late Dorothy Napangardi.

Yuendumu lies 293km northwest of Alice Springs on the Tanami Track in the Gibson Desert and is a community largely made up of the Warlpiri and Anmatyerr Aboriginal people.

Elsie’s paintings are based on the Dreamings of her custodial land “Mina Mina” the country west of her birthplace in Yuendumu.

Elsie also paints the sacred, “Seven Sisters Dreaming” story.

Elsie paints in the minimalist black and white dotting style, similar to the late Dorothy Napangardi who also painted “Mina Mina”. Elsie also experiments with painting in various other decorative modern styles, in black and white and also utilises a vivid colour palette.