Exhibition invitation Warlukurlangu Artists
Address: 181 Old South Head Rd, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Time: Thursday 21 June 2012
Warlukurlangu Artists' Aboriginal Corporation is a fully Aboriginal owned and governed art centre. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of all art works go directly back to the artists and their community projects. Warlukurlangu means "belonging to fire" in Warlpiri, and is named after a Fire Dreaming west of Yuendumu. Owned and governed by its more than 600 members, Warlukurlangu art centre is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings. Established in 1985, Warlukurlangu Artists' Aboriginal Corporation has a well-regarded international profile. Located at Yuendumu, 300km northwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the art centre is both a stronghold of traditional Warlpiri culture and an essential part of Yuendumu's community life.
Judy Watson Napangardi
Judy Watson Napangardi was born in 1925 at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, at the time when many Warlpiri and other Central and Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional nomadic life. With her family Judy made many trips on foot back to and lived for long periods at Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts. These places are rich in bush tucker such as wanakiji, bush plums, yakajirri, bush tomatoes, and wardapi, sand goanna. Judy painted alongside her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson at Warlukurlangu artists for a number of years, developing her own unique style. She is a woman of incredible energy and this is transmitted to her work through her dynamic use of colour, and energetic "dragged dotting" style. She is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa by Warlpiri arists, however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details which tell of the sacredness of place and song in her culture. Judy's Jukurrpa are Ngarlyipi (Snake Vine), Karnta (Woman), Mina Mina, and Kanakurlangu. Her work is in the collection of major public galleries including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Paddy Japaljarri Sims
Paddy Japaljarri Sims was born in about 1917 at Kunajarray (Mt Nicker), south-west of Yuendumu at a site where a number of Dreaming tracks interconnect. Japaljarri's Dreamings are Yiwarra (Milky Way),ngarlkirdi/warna (witchetty grub/snake), pirntirna (female python), jilwirringki (burrowing skunk), wanakiji(bush plum) and warlpa (wind). Paddy is married to Bessie Nakamarra and has many grandchildren. All his life he's been hunting goanna, kangaroo, emu and other animals each day for bush tucker and Paddy has passed his knowledge on to many of the young men. Paddy has been painting for Warlukurlangu for a long time. In 1988 Paddy Sims was selected by The Power Gallery, Sydney University to travel to Paris with five other Warlpiri men from Yuendumu to create a ground painting installation at the exhibition 'Magiciens de la Terre' at the Centre Georges Pompidou. The trip took place in May 1989 and the painting was received with world wide acclaim. Paddy's work is in the collection of all the major public galleries including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian Museum, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Musee National des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris and Seatle Art Museum USA.
Shorty Jangala Robertson
Shorty Jangala Robertson was born at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and claypan north west of Yuendumu. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, older brother and extended Warlpiri family. They travelled vast distances across desert country, passing through Warlukurlangu, south west of Jila and Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu, visiting Jangala’s, his skin brothers. His working life was full of adventure and hard work for different enterprises in the Alice Springs - Yuendumu area. He finally settled at Yuendumu in 1967 after the Australian Citizen Referendum. It is extraordinary in all his travels and jobs over his whole working life, that he escaped the burgeoning and flourishing Central Desert art movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Thus Shorty’s paintings are fresh,vigorous and new. His use of colour to paint and interpret his dreamings of Ngapa (Water), Watiyawarnu (Acacia), Yankirri (Emu) and Pamapardu (Flying Ant) is vital, yet upholding the Warlpiri tradition. Hi work is in the collection of National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Flinders University Art Museum, Gordon Darling Foundation Canberra and Artbank Sydney.
Paddy Japaljarri Stewart
Paddy Japaljarri Stewart is from Mungapunju, just south of Yuendumu. When he was a young man he was a station worker at Mt Allen, Mt Dennison and up the top end. He worked as a chef in Papunya, hence his nickname 'Cookie'. In 1988 Paddy Stewart was selected by The Power Gallery, Sydney University to travel to Paris with five other Warlpiri men from Yuendumu to create a ground painting installation at the exhibition 'Magiciens de la Terre' at the Centre Georges Pompidou. In 2000 Paddy Stewart undertook to produce 30 etchings of the original Yuendumu Doors in collaboration with Paddy Sims and under the guidance of Basil Hall, Northern Editions Printmaker (Northern Territory University). The first print of the etchings was all on one page and had its debut alongside the Yuendumu Doors while they were exhibited in Alice Springs. The etchings in a set were launched in 2001, to great acclaim with the set winning the Telstra, 16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, for works on paper.
Liddy Napanangka Walker
Liddy Napanangka Walker was born in 1925 at Mt Doreen. She spent her youth living with her family in bush camps. She has lived in the Warlpiri community of Yuendumu since it was first established. During this time she has worked in the community in various pastoral care roles. Liddy started painting on canvas not long after Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association was established and is now one of its most senior members. Her works are highly dynamic and textural and conform to the strong colour.palette associated with Yuendumu`s regional style of painting. Liddy paints her father Japangardi's Dreaming from Mt Theo county as well as her grandfather's Dreaming. Liddy paints Dreamings which include the bush tomato, goanna, seed pods, bush potato and the hoping mouse. Her work is in the collection of National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum of Victoria, South Australia Museum, Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands and The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA.
Bessie Nakamarra Sims
Bessie Nakamarra Sims was born in the bush where she lived for many years before coming into contact with white people at Mt. Doreen Station, west of Yuendumu. Painting since the mid 1980s, she has consistently been exhibited nationally and internationally in group exhibitions. She also sometimes collaborates on larger works with her husband, Paddy Japaljarri Sims. The main Dreamings in her work are Ngarlajiyi (Small Yam), Janganpa (Possum), Pamapardu (Flying Ant), Karntajarra (Two Women), Yarla (Bush Potato) and Mukaki (Bush Plum). Bessie's work is in the collection of National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Museum, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, Scotland and Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.