Aboriginal artist William SandyWilliam Sandy

Born: c. 1944
Region: Papunya – Northern Territory
Language: Ngaanyatjara
Subjects and Themes (Dreaming): Emu, women, dingo

The Aboriginal artist William Sandy is a widely published artist who’s paintings were exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. He is very traditional in his approach.


From: Aboriginal Artists, dictionary of biographies by Janusz B. Kreczmanski and Margo Birnberg

“Since 1973, William has lived with his family in Papunya, where he began painting in 1975. From the early 1980s, he began painting for the Papunya Tula Artists. Some of his subjects are dingo, emu, women and green bean. William Sandy is also a very knowledgeable, traditonal medicine man. He is married to Violet Nakamarra, the sister of Michael Nelson Jakamarra.

Selected exhibitions:
1982 Georges Exhibition, Melbourne;
1983 Mori Gallery, Sydney;
1985 Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Melbourne;
1986 Queensland University, Brisbane;
1988 Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery;
1988 – 1989 “Dreaming” Exhibition which toured the USA;
1989 John Weber Gallery, New York, USA;
1989 Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico;
1990 Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, Canada;
1990 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne;
1990 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery;
1991 Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA;
1992,1996,1997, 1998 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs;
1992 IBM – Kawasaki City Gallery, Kawasaki, Japan;
1993 Chapman Gallery, Canberra;
1997 Manningham Art Space, Melbourne;
1999, 2000 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne;
1999, 2000 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne;
1999 Embassy of Australia, Washington, USA;
2003 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne.

Selected collections:
Robert Holmes a Court; Broken Hill Gallery; Wollonggong City Art Gallery; Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; Donald Khan Collection, USA; Groninger Museum, Groninger, The Netherlands.

1985 Northern Territory Art Award, Darwin”


Painting/s by William Sandy: