Barbara Napangarti Reid is a Ngaanyatjarra woman working in a individualistic style depicting the country of Tjukurla in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia.
Characteristic for Barbara is the depiction of puli - rock formations, and tuli - sand hills, those features that are so much a part of the land from which she comes. Also vital to Barbara's work is the telling of women's sacred stories - minyma - narratives that revolve around the role of the woman as healer and provider within Ngaanyatjarra society. Barbara's paintings are beautiful depictions of place, paintings of the lands to which she is custodian and the songs that explain them.
Barbara has been painting as early as 1987 where she first started with the Centre for Aboriginal Artists in Alice Springs.
Barbara Reid Napangarti– Minyma Tingari
Barbara’s paintings describe aspects of the secret and sacred Tingari Cycle, a spiritual journey that incorporates story, song and ceremony. They narrate the stories of the Tingari women who travelled vast stretches of the country performing rituals, which in turn brought into being the land formations of particular sites.