Indigenous Australian art gallery est. 1989.

Angeline Ngale (Kngale) Biography and CV


Angelina Ngale

Angeline Ngale (Kngale) started creating batiks on cotton fabric in 1977 under the instruction of Yipati, a Pitjantjatjara artist from Ernabella and Suzie Bryce, a craft instructor. Then later, with Jenny Green and followed with the silk works she began under the guidance of Julia Murray. Both Jenny and Julia were enthusiastic and dedicated, but the fabric was not easy to sell. The Holts at Delmore Gallery bought a small part of the work produced, only a couple of hundred pieces, some of which were done by Angeline. This experience undoubtedly gave her tremendous confidence in the use of colour.

Angeline, also known as Angelina, was born on July 1, 1947 to the Eastern Anmatyarre tribe. She was married to a wonderful man called Louie Pwerle, who was a great artist in his own right, the elder brother of Cowboy Louie Pwerle. Louie passed away in 1999.

Because of her marriage, some city galleries assumed that Angeline was Mrs Pwerle and sold many of her paintings as under that name, Angelina Pwerle. In Central Australia, tribal Aboriginal women keep their own skin name, which they are born with and this certainly does not change when they get married. So she should not be referred to as Pwerle Ngale or Ngale Pwerle. For many years, Angeline painted as Angeline Kngale, but some galleries began to call her Angelina and linguists changed the spelling of her skin name to Ngale. In normal conversation her sisters refer to her as Angeline with an emphasis on the g, only very occasionally when they call to her from a distance, do they yell "Angelina”, emphasising the a. Hence, both variations are legitimate and in common usage.

Angeline and her sisters took part in several exhibitions of the batiks including a tour of Ireland and Harvard University, USA. Angeline was applauded after being shown at the SH Ervin Gallery in Sydney. She was then part of the Gabrielle Pizzi exhibition, supplied and curated by Delmore Gallery, which opened in Melbourne on 31 October 1989. These were her first works on linen and were very well received.

View Angeline Ngale (Kngale) paintings


Allen, Allen and Helmsly Collection, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Artbank, Sydney
Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne
Holt Collection
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
Latrobe University Collection, Melbourne
Mansion Hotel, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Laverty Collection


2011  E(merge): two spiritualities, Space Station Art Space, Beijing and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2010  Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and touring Korea International Art Fair, COEX Korea Exhibition Centre, Seoul, Korea
2009  Utopia - Bush Plum and other Delicacies, Honey Ant Gallery, Noosa, QLD
2008  Utopia Revisited, WG Gallery, Sydney
2005  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2001  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1999  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1997  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1996  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne


2017  Sacred Marks, JGM Gallery, London, U.K.
2017 The Golden Age of Utopia, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2016  Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, Nevada Museum of Art. Tour included Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada
2009  Utopia Artists, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London 
2009  Utopia Group Exhibition, DACOU, Melbourne
2008  Power of Place, Paintings and Sculpture from the Eastern Desert, Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2008  Emily Kngwarreye and her legacy, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007  Eastern Desert Dreaming – Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
2007  Delmore Gallery – a new Selection of Utopia Art, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2004  Explained, A closer look at Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2002  Indecorous Abstraction: Contemporary Women Painters, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
1999  Blue Chip 2: The Collectors Exhibition, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1998  Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
1997  14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994  Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1994  The Oval Board Collection, Hawaii
1994  This Land, Utopia Art, Sydney
1993  Utopia Women, MCA, Sydney
1993  Utopia Sculpture, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1993  Camp Scenes, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
1992  Aboriginal Painting, Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA
1992  Bubbles, Baubles & Beads, Utopia Art, Sydney
1992  Little Friends, Utopia Art, Sydney
1991  Long Hot Summer, Utopia Art, Sydney Utopia, Utopia Art, Sydney Men and Dogs, Utopia Art, Sydney
1990  The Last Show, Utopia Art, Sydney Art from Utopia, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
1989  Utopia Women’s Paintings, the first works on canvas, Sydney

1988  Time Before Time, Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA
1988  Painting and Batik from the Desert, Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW
1988  Utopia Batik, Craft Council Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1988  Utopia Batik, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, QLD
1987  Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
1987  Darwin Museum Gallery, Darwin, NT
1987  Yirrkala Community Centre, Northern Territory
1987  Jogyakarta Fine Art Academy, Indonesia
1987  Sydney Expo, Craft Council Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1987  The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1986  Craft Council Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1986  Bundaberg Art Gallery, Queensland
1986  The Araluen Centre, Springs Craft Festival, Alice Springs, NT
1985  Black Women in Focus, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA
1985  Burnie Gallery, Tasmania
1985  Tasmanian Craft Gallery, Hobart, TAS
1984  Craft Council Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1984  Queensland University Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1984  Fireworks Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1984  Sydney Craft Expo, Sydney, NSW
1984  Darwin Craft Council Gallery, Darwin, NT
1984  The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1983  Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
1983  Alice Springs Craft Council, Alice Springs, NT
1982  Sydney Craft Expo, Sydney, NSW
1982  Brisbane Commonwealth Games Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD
1981  Floating Forests of Silks - Utopia Batik from the Desert, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
1980  Artworks, Alice Springs, NT

1997  Finalist in 14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)
2008  Finalist in the Wynne Prize for Landscape painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney