Kathleen Ngale

Arlperre (Bush Plum), 2005


Kathleen Ngale is from the Utopia region in the the Northern Territory. After learning Batik painting, like most of the other ladies in Utopia, Ngale started to practice with acrylic paint on canvas, most frequently depicting the Bush Plum story. Employing the free and rapid 'dump dump' style that is one of the main characterizations of Utopia style, Ngale paints layer-upon-layer of the bush plum- foliage, fruit and it’s seasonal transitions. The effect is effervescent, her paintings express the cyclical nature of this much prized bush fruit and the caretaker duties that Ngale fulfills, in part, by depicting it in paint.