Nyangulya Katie Nalgood is an artist and Walmajarri elder. Born in 1957 at Liveringa Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Nalgood went to boarding school in Perth then she went to Camballin remote school. When she was older and met her husband she moved with him to Port Hedland, which was his home.
Nyangulya Katie Nalgood has a deep connection to birds. Rather than relying on clocks, her days align with nature and the sounds of birds, not alarms. When she was a school student, Nalgood painted pictures of houses, trees, and animals, now she paints birds. When she started painting birds Nalgood worked with her children, who would help her draw the birds and give her advice. These days she works on her own, painting birds from her Country and anywhere else she goes.
'Students in Y9/10 completed an end of year project investigating the work of Katie Nalgood. Students first analysed her style and the characteristics of her work. Recognising the way in which she applies paint and colour to evoke a nostalgia for home, paying homage to the birds that help her establish daily routines. In response students painted birds from our Fleurieu region. In contrast they adopted a more realistic style whilst still exploring exciting colour schemes. Backgrounds were achieved using spray paint and basic stencils to create a flat, block background like Nalgood'
- Harriet Geater-Johnson, Visual Arts Educator