Molly Jugadai

Molly Jugadai

Language:LuritjaDate of birth:1954-03-05Community:Haasts Bluff

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Maluya Jugadai (Molly) is the eldest daughter of Narputta Nangala. Maluya was instrumental in the establishement of Ikuntji Art Centre in 1992 and has been a staunch supporter and practising artist at the studio ever since. Maluya was born under a Ngalta tree about three kilometres west of the existing Haasts Bluff community in 1954, shortly after the establishment of the mission community of the period. A Napaltjarri skin woman, Maluya in her first decade of artistry initially painted the story of the “Napaltjarri Children (or Sisters)” who came in space ships to earth thousands of years ago. They represent the first people on earth. The children travel the country every night seeking dew and mungari amid the vegetation of the desert. Due to illness her mother, Narputta, has granted Molly permission to paint the story of the massive saltlake, Kaarkurutintya (Lake MacDonald), which is the sacred country of Narputta. Surrounded by tali, or sand hills, the lake is mostly depicted during the dry season, but is sometimes painted as it appears after heavy rains.  Molly has passed away in 2011.


  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Past Exhibitions

  • Desert Mob Market Place 2019 2019-09-07
  • Desert Mob Market Place 2018 2018-09-06
  • 3rd Annual Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Art Auction, Darwin and Sydney 2018-05-01
  • "Haasts Bluff” contemporary art from the Ikuntji Artists, Yaama Ganu Gallery, Moree NSW 2018-03-15
  • Desert Mob Marketplace 2017 2017-12-07
  • Kaléidoscope millénaire avec les artistes dIkuntji, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium 2015-11-19
  • Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair, Tandanya Institute. Adelaide 2015-10-09
  • 9th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT 2015-08-07
  • Art Parade 2015 2015-03-06
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2014-08-07
  • Estate Works from an Ikuntji artist, Tali Gallery, Sydney 2013-04-28
  • Artkelch, Germany 2010-01-01
  • Kate Owen Gallery @ Chifley Tower, Sydney, "Visions of the Desert" 2009-01-01
  • ArtMob, Hobart, "Ikuntji Icons" 2009-01-01
  • Artequity, Sydney, "Land and Mythology - Art of the Western Desert" 2009-01-01
  • QDos Arts, Lorne (Victoria), "Ikuntji Artists" 2009-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney, "Mixed Show" 2009-01-01
  • Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, "IKUNTJI ARTISTS" 2009-01-01
  • Beckworth Gallery, Ballarat, VIC, "Ikuntji Artists" 2009-01-01
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, "Desertmob 2009" 2009-01-01
  • Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, "Winter Warmers" 2009-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Gallows Gallery, Perth, WA 2009-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Cabinet Malemont, Paris, France 2009-01-01
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, Ikuntji meets Brisbane 2009-01-01
  • Desert Sands Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Mayfair London, U.K., ‘Ikuntji’ 2009-01-01
  • ARTKELCH, Freiburg i.Br., Germany, "Gruppenausstellung" 2008-01-01
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT, "Desertmob" 2008-01-01
  • Victoria Carroll and Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi, Battersea London, U.K., ‘Ikuntji’ 2008-01-01
  • Hogarth Galleries, Sydney NSW, "Yungkiya & Kulunypa - Old & New" 2008-01-01
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane QLD, "Ikuntji Now" 2008-01-01
  • Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi Contemporary Fine Art, London England, "Ikuntji Artists" 2008-01-01
  • Artitja Fine Art, Perth W.A., "Desert Stories: 2008" 2008-01-01
  • Gondwana Gallery, Sydney, My Mothers Story 2008-01-01
  • Kingsfisher Gallery, Perth, Western Australia, "Ikuntji Women Painters" 2008-01-01
  • Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs & Sydney, "Divas of the Desert" 2008-01-01
  • QDos Gallery, Lorne (Victoria), "Ikuntji Show" 2008-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney, "Group Show" 2008-01-01
  • Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, "Ikuntji Painters" 2008-01-01
  • Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, "Ikuntji Senior Women" 2007-01-01
  • Gallery Gondwana, "Naïve Show" 2007-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth, "Ngankirritja" 2007-01-01
  • Palya Art, Darwin/Sydney, "Palya @ Mary Place" 2007-01-01
  • Booker Lowe Gallery, Texas, USA, "Group Show" 2007-01-01
  • Bandigan Gallery, Sydney, "Yaiti Yamimi" 2007-01-01
  • Short St Gallery, Broome, "Group Show" 2007-01-01
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, "Where The Wild Flowers Grow" 2007-01-01
  • Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, "Desert Mob" 2007-01-01
  • Palya Art, Melbourne, "Group Show" 2007-01-01
  • Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, "Group Show" 2007-01-01
  • Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs, "Divas of the Desert" 2007-01-01
  • Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, "DesertMob" 2006-01-01
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "Anangu" 2006-01-01
  • "Big Country", Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs 2005-01-01
  • Strata, Araluen Alice Springs 2005-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth 2005-01-01
  • "Desert Divas", Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs 2005-01-01
  • "Concord", Framed Gallery, Darwin 2005-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth 2004-01-01
  • Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs 2004-01-01
  • Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2004-01-01
  • Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London 2004-01-01
  • Fireworks, Brisbane 2004-01-01
  • Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, My Grandmothers Dreaming 2004-01-01