Vale Mrs Ngallametta

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Gina Fairley

Late to her painting career, Ngallametta rapidly rose to become one of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists. She died this week aged 75.

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Ngak-pungarichan (Clearwater) 2013, Synthetic polymer paint and natural pigments with synthetic polymer binder on canvas / 200 x 290 cm, Purchased 2013. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation

About the author

Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years.

She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW, and you can follow her on Twitter @ginafairley and Instagram at fairleygina.