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Region: Papunya – Northern Territory
Language group: Ngaanyatjara
Born near Ernabella in South Australia, William Sandy lived in Areyonga and Haasts Bluff. 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.
William Sandy was the first of the Pitjantjatjara involved in the contemporary art movement.
William Sandy work is represented around the world including Kelton Foundation USA, Donald Kahn art collection USA, John Weber Gallery New York, Museo Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo Mexico, Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery Toronto, Lowe Art Museum Miami, University of Miami, Embassy of Australia Washington, Grand Hyatt London, Grand Hyatt Jakarta, Groninger Museum Holland, Oxford University England, Art Gallery Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Art Bank, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Queensland Art Gallery, Homes a Court, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery NSW, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, University of Queensland Australia, Araluen Art Centre Northern Territory, IBM Kawasaki Gallery Japan.
1985 Northern Territory Art Award, Darwin.