Warakurna: Echoes of the Desert

Warakurna: Echoes of the Desert


24 May 2024

Warakurna: Echoes of the Desert

A journey through the heart of Australia’s outback

Patjarr Creek when full.

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The road to Patjarr.

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Warakurna: Echoes of the Desert

A journey through the heart of Australia’s outback

24 May | 31 Jul 2024

Nola Campbell working on a canvas.

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All of Patjarr

These paintings are a representation of Patjarr, and specifically to the three diverse and significant dreaming sites across Patjarr, in the Gibson Desert, which Nola continually refers to as subject matter in her paintings. This painting references and pays homage to Nola's experience of the country around Patjarr, and of the significant sites she walked between as a young girl with her family. One of those special places is Mina Mina, a sacred site full of bird life and claypans.

Another referenced in these paintings is Tika Tika. The Tika Tika rockholes are south of Patjarr, and there are eight rockholes there. They were made by Ngirntaka the perenti goanna ancestor who travelled from the west to Warburton. He was digging around hunting for tirnka (sand goanna) for food. He found two tirnka to eat. He stopped one night and kept going in the morning. People were camping at Tika Tika before Patjarr community was developed. Nola lived there as a young girl and walked around with her uncles and aunties, hunting and learning. They often walked from Yalara rockholes to Tika Tika carrying water in a wooden dish called a kilpi.

The third site is Yunpalara (Lake Blair), a large lake bed west of Patjarr. It is more often dry than not, relying on rainfall to fill it. After rain the lake is home to many water birds. The surface cracks as it dries. Ngirntaka (the perentie goanna) travelling from Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route came through this area and made Yunpalara on his way with a large sweep of his tail.

These works are significant as they serve as documentation of three sacred sites in the vast landscape of the Gibson Desert, and the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, culturally rich and powerful places for the Patjarr people, immortalising and maintaining them in the living memory for many more years to come.

Nola Campbell working on a canvas.

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NOLA YURNANGURNU CAMPBELL

Yunpalara

128, 129 & 130-21 (2021)
Acrylic on Linen
NOLA YURNANGURNU CAMPBELL

Yunpalara
128, 129 & 130-21 (2021)
Acrylic on Linen
152 x 225cm | 59.8 x 88.6in
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Yunpalara

301, 302 & 303-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Canvas
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Yunpalara
301, 302 & 303-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Canvas
101 x 202cm | 39.8 x 79.5in
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All of Patjarr

975-17 (2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
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All of Patjarr
975-17 (2017)
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101.6 x 121.9cm | 40 x 48in
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Tika Tika

956-17 (2017)
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Tika Tika
956-17 (2017)
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152.4 x 76.2cm | 60 x 30in
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All of Patjarr

273-19 (2019)
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All of Patjarr
273-19 (2019)
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152.4 x 76.2cm | 60 x 30in
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Nola Campbell working on canvas 273-19 on the Warakurna porch.

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Ngayuku Ngurra

Ngayuku Ngurra (my home/country) depicts Nola's country north west of Patjarr, at a series of rockholes around Yirril. Nola was born at Majaputi rockhole, in the vicinity, and grew up walking from one rockhole to the other in search of food and water with her family.

The rockholes depicted include Munmul, Yirril, Majaputi, Tjimari and Patanta. It is a DNA map, if you will, of Nola's ancestors' travels, ancient tjukurrpa and Nola's identity as a strong Ngaanyatjarra woman who lived a nomadic life up until the establishment of the missions.

This painting is about Nola, and where she comes from.

Yunpalara

Yunpalara (Lake Blair) is a large lake bed west of Patjarr. It is more often dry than not, relying on rainfall to fill it. After rain the lake is home to many water birds. The surface cracks as it dries. Ngirntaka (the perentie goanna) travelling from Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route came through this area and made Yunpalara on his way with a large sweep of his tail.

Nola Campbell working on a canvas.

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NOLA YURNANGURNU CAMPBELL

Yunpalara

150-18 (2018)
Acrylic on Canvas
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Yunpalara
150-18 (2018)
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76.2 x 152.4cm | 30 x 60in
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Yunpalara

167-18 (2018)
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Yunpalara
167-18 (2018)
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Yunpalara

168-18 (2018)
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Yunpalara
168-18 (2018)
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All of Patjarr

174-19 (2019)
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All of Patjarr
174-19 (2019)
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152 x 76cm | 59.8 x 29.9in
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All of Patjarr

295-19 (2019)
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All of Patjarr
295-19 (2019)
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Nola Campbell canvas 301, 302 & 303-22 in situ.

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Tika Tika

Tika Tika rockholes are south of Patjarr, there are eight rockholes there. They were made by Ngirntaka the perenti goanna ancestor who travelled from the west to Warburton. He was digging around hunting for tingka (sand gaonna) for food. He found two tingka to eat. He stopped one night and kept going in the morning. People were camping at Tika Tika before Patjarr community was developed. Nola lived there as a young girl and walked around with her uncles and aunties, hunting and learning. They often walked from Yalara rockholes to Tika Tika carrying water in a wooden dish called a kilpi.

Ngikin Ngikin

The Ngikin Ngikin paintings depict Nola working in a new style and medium. Depicted in these works is a tjanpi man, a tree and grasses.

The Ngikin Ngikin is a tjukurrpa depicting quiet and shy dreamlike figures that are the height of grass. They have stringy like qualities and live in families on the other side of Patjarr between two rock-holes. They are nervous people that only come out in the afternoons and make a sound like spears in the wind. Sometimes they fight with each other and they live in wiltjas.

NOLA YURNANGURNU CAMPBELL

All of Patjarr

466-19 (2019)
Acrylic on Canvas
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All of Patjarr
466-19 (2019)
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152.4 x 76.2cm | 60 x 30in
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All of Patjarr

202-19 (2019)
Acrylic on Canvas
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All of Patjarr
202-19 (2019)
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60.5 x 121.9cm | 23.8 x 48in
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Yunpalara

284-18 (2018)
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Yunpalara
284-18 (2018)
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101.6 x 76.2cm | 40 x 30in
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All of Patjarr

386-19 (2019)
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All of Patjarr
386-19 (2019)
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101.6 x 50.8cm | 40 x 20in
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All of Patjarr

407-18 (2018)
Acrylic on Canvas
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All of Patjarr
407-18 (2018)
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38.1 x 76.2cm | 15 x 30in
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β€œFrom daybreak to sunset,
Nola Campbell's artworks define
a point of convergence of the past;
stories passed down to her,
lived experience of the country
she and her ancestors
have walked across;
and the now.”

NOLA YURNANGURNU CAMPBELL

Ngikin Ngikin

639-17 (2017)
Ink on Paper
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Ngikin Ngikin
639-17 (2017)
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50 x 65cm | 19.7 x 25.6in
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Ngikin Ngikin

641-17 (2017)
Ink on Paper
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Ngikin Ngikin
641-17 (2017)
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55 x 77cm | 21.7 x 30.3in
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Ngikin Ngikin

242-19 (2019)
Acrylic on Archive Paper
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Ngikin Ngikin
242-19 (2019)
Acrylic on Archive Paper
57 x 77cm | 22.4 x 30.3in
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Ngikin Ngikin

282-19 (2019)
Marker Pen on Archive Paper
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Ngikin Ngikin
282-19 (2019)
Marker Pen on Archive Paper
57 x 77cm | 22.4 x 30.3in
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Ngikin Ngikin

283-19 (2019)
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283-19 (2019)
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Birth Date 1948
Language Ngaanyatjarra
Manyjilyjarra
Place of Birth Jangala
Skin Napaltjarri
Home Patjarr, NT

Nola Campbell was born out bush on the other side of Tatjarr (close to Patjarr) in the late 1940s. She grew up travelling in the Country between Kiwirrkurra and Kunawarritji. She is related to Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi and Nangkatji Josephine Nangala, whom she called father and mother, and Kumpaya Girgaba, her aunt. Nola lost her parents when she was young and was brought up by Norma Giles' (nee Carnegie) mother and father, Mankatji Carnegie and Mr Carnegie. Nola was taken to Warburton as a young woman and there she married her first husband, Mr Butler. She moved to Wiluna and later Patjarr, where she later married artist Coiley Campbell.

Nola has been the subject of an Indigenous Community Stories produced film, titled Nola's Story. The film aired during the 2016 Fremantle Art Centre Revealed Program in conjunction with the Maritime Museum and Indigenous Community Stories.

From Nola: "I remember when I was a little girl, walking to collect water from Tika Tika and taking it back to my family. I remember when Ian Dunlop came out in the 1960s to take photos and film, and I remember my first β€˜acting' job. I remember walking around with family, hunting tirnka (sand goanna), linga (lizards) and lungkarta (blue tongue lizard). I also remember working with Norma Giles, Pirnkanku Carnegie, Mankatji Carnegie, Aubrey Carnegie, Neil Carnegie, Bruce Carnegie and Yeri Carnegie at Patantja (a lake, far from Patjarr). I was a young girl at the time, and I went and got the water, like we did in the early days. I also remember when I was a little girl, staying at Patantja, it was my uncle's place, my father's place and all the Brody, Ward and Morgan families. A helicopter would come and drop food off and then leave again. It was a big lake and you could see out a really long way.

When I was a bit older, I went to Warburton for school. I'd stay at the creek, Wirrkili creek, go to school at the mission and then come back to our camp spot by the creek. Sometimes we'd go back to Patjarr, and then one time Mr McDougall found us and took us back to Warburton, when they were testing missiles at Woomera. I stayed there a li􀆩le while, then I got married and went off to Wiluna. I had my baby close by in Meekatharra. Then I came along back here to Patjarr. I have one son and that's enough for me.

The stories I tell in my paintings are from my dreaming, which is yurranpa dreaming (honey tree), and from my husband's dreaming, which is Yunpalara and Wirrwul. I paint my husband's dreaming because he said I could and it keeps his dreaming alive and strong; it's also my country. The yurranpa dreaming paintings I did when I painted in Warburton. One of my favourite paintings is one I did called Near the Canning Stock Route. I did this one for John Carty when he came out talking to us about the Canning Stock Route exhibition. I later went to the National Museum in Canberra with Norma Giles for that exhibition.

I like being able to paint the country I grew up in, was born in, to keep it alive. It also makes me think about my mother and my family who used to walk this country long before me.

The country I paint is their country too. It's my husband's, my nguntu (mother's), ngayuku kaparli (my grandother's) and ngayuku tjamu (my grandfather's)."


Awards


2019

  • Finalist - 36th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA)
    - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.

2017

  • Encouragement Award - Port Hedland Art Awards Finalist Hadley Art Award
    Hadley's Orient Hotel. Hobart, TAS, Australia.

2010

  • Finalist - 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA)
    Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.

2007

  • Finalist - 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA)
    - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.

Collections


  • Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
  • Lagerberg-Swift Collection, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • The Luczo Collection, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • The Marshall Collection, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • The Merenda Collection, Fremantle, WA, Australia.
  • South Australian Museum (SAM), Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Western Australian Museum, Perth, WA, Australia.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2015

  • Patjarr Walka - RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions


2019

  • Contemporary Desert Art, Frewen Arts, Cheltenham, UK.
  • Desert Mob - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • 36th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA) - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.

2018

  • Artists of Wanarn, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Salon des RefusΓ©s, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia.
  • Pampa Tjilpi Art (Group Show) - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia.
  • Hadley Art Award, Hadley's Orient Hotel. Hobart, TAS, Australia.
  • Welcome to Paradise: Interpretations of home from Warakurna Artists - Japingka Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia.

2017

  • Praxis Gallery, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Ngurra: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands - South Australian Museum, SA, Australia.
  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

2016

  • Salon des Refuses – Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia.

2015

  • Palya: Martumili Artists, Tjarlirli Art and Warakurna Artists of Western Australia
  • Ngaanyatjarra Group show - Tandanya Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia
  • (AGSA), Adelaide, SA, Australia.

2014

  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Boards from the Edge - Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

2013

  • Desert Boards - Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

2010

  • Canning Stock Route, National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, ACT, Australia.
  • Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.

2009

  • Tjitirn-tjitirn Manta Kutu Kurukurra - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia.
  • Kutipitjaku Purti-Bush Tripping - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

2007

  • Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.
  • Patjarr Painters: Kayili Art Centre - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia.
  • Western Desert Mob, Kutju – One - Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Kayili Canvas (Collaborative) - Power & Beauty: Indigenous Art Now - Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Kayili Canvas (Collaborative) - Perth International Arts Festival - Lawrence & Wilson Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

2006

  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Kayili Artists - New Works - William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

2005

  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Rockhole to Rockhole Exhibition - Suzanne O Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

2004

  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

NANCY NYANYARNA JACKSON

Kiritji

117-23 (2023)
Acrylic on Linen
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Kiritji
117-23 (2023)
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Kiritji

229-22 (2022)
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Kiritji
229-22 (2022)
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Kiritji

5-23 (2023)
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Kiritji
5-23 (2023)
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Kiritji

323-22 (2022)
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323-22 (2022)
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Kiritji

6-23 (2023)
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Kiritji
6-23 (2023)
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Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson watching her paintings dry on the washing line.

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Kiritji

232-22 (2022)
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Kiritji
232-22 (2022)
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Kiritji

116-23 (2023)
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Kiritji
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Kiritji

329-22 (2022)
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Kiritji
329-22 (2022)
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Kiritji

These paintings depict the tali (sandhills) which are prominent features in the Gibson Desert landscape and feature in many important creation stories (Tjukurpa).

© courtesy of Warakurna Artists.
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Kiritji

304-22 (2022)
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Kiritji
304-22 (2022)
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Kiritji

300-22 (2022)
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Kiritji
300-22 (2022)
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Birth Date 1956
Language Ngaanyatjarra
Place of Birth Karrku

Nancy began painting with Warakurna Artists around the time of its inception in 2005. Her paintings often depict the Tali or sandhill formations of her country. The tjukurpa story that is associated with these depictions however is a secret. Her country is located close to the community of Patjarr and she was born in the bush at a site called Kirritji, her grandfather's traditional country. Nancy is a senior cultural woman in Warakurna community and is respected and trusted for her knowledge of country and Tjukurpa. Her artworks are ambitious in size and scope and continue to play a pivotal cultural role in community.

Collections


  • Artbank Collection, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Lagerberg-Swift Collection, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Richard Klingler Collection, Washington, DC, USA.
  • The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, CA, United States of America.
  • Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions


2023

  • Ngayulu Litju Palyarnu - Aboriginal & Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Art from the Nygaanyatjarra Lands - FORM, Claremont, WA, Australia.

2018

  • Welcome to Paradise - Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA, Australia.
  • Unity, Group Exhibition with Tony Albert - Sullivan and Strumpf, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

2017

  • In Cahoots Exhibition - Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA, Australia.
  • Ngurra: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands - South Australian Museum (SAM), Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • When the Sky Fell; Legacies of the 1967 Referendum - Port Melbourne Industrial Centre for the Arts (PICA), Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

2016

  • Desert Mob Exhibition, Early Days Collaboration - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

2015

  • Palya: Martumili Artists, Tjarlirli Art and Warakurna Artists of Western Australia - Tunbridge Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia

2013

  • Revealed Emerging Aboriginal Artists from Western Australia - Gallery Central. Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Desert Boards – Warakurna, Wanarn & Kayili. Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

2012

  • Way Out West, Western Desert Mob Group Show. Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes (Focus Gallery) - National Museum of Australia (NMA), Canberra, ACT, Australia.

2011

  • "Warakurna Artists" - Galerie Kungka and IDAIA - International Development of Australian Indigenous Art, Maison des Arts Plastiques RhΓ΄ne-Alpes, Lyon, France;
  • Maison des Arts Contemporains, PΓ©rouges, France.
  • History Paintings Exhibition - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia.

2010

  • Tjukurpa Kutjulpitulpingkatja Artistspa Kuwarringkatja - Stories from the past, artists from today - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia.
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT, Australia.

2009

  • Printingpa Ngaanya Yanku Kayili,Warakurna Artist's paintings travelling North – Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia.
  • 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT, Australia.

2007

  • Kutju - One, Western Desert Mob Ngaanyatjarra Lands Regional Exhibition - Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Tjukurrpa Mularrpa Waylkumunu Pirni, Lots of Good True Stories - Randell Lane Fine Art Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Power and Beauty - Indigenous Art Now. Heide Museum of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Palyaralatju Pirrtja Puru Tjanpi Tjarra Puli Yuliyala –We are making paintings and tjanpi in Puli Yuliya New paintings and weavings from Warakurna Artists and Tjanpi Desert Weavers - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

2006

  • Rawa-latju Nintirringkulatjaku, Knowing is the Future, Warakurna Artists Group Exhibition - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Pukurlpatulatju Palyara Pirrtja β€˜We are happy to make painting' - Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Tjukurrpa Tjarralatju Palyara Mularapa - We paint really strong stories. Warakurna Artists Group Exhibition - Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.

2005

  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

Yankuntjuntju

I am painting Yankuntjuntju. It is my grandmother's country, close to Patjarr. There's a rockhole close. I like to paint my story, my grandfather's, my grandmother's. My father's mother passed away at that rockhole, that is why I'm painting.

My grandmother had two sons, two daughters. [She] passed away right there, rockhole side. I also paint Karrku, that's my nyalku Tjukurrpa, (my dreaming) Porcupine dreaming in that place. I think about these stories and my family when I am painting. Proper story. Painting keeps my family, and these stories close to me.

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NYUNGAWARRA WARD

Yankuntjuntju

4-23 (2023)
Acrylic on Canvas
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Yankuntjuntju
4-23 (2023)
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NYUNGAWARRA WARD

Yankuntjuntju

320-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Linen
NYUNGAWARRA WARD

Yankuntjuntju
320-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Linen
152 x 152cm | 59.8 x 59.8in
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Nyungawarra Ward watching her paintings dry on the washlng line.

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NYUNGAWARRA WARD

Yankuntjuntju

327-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Canvas
NYUNGAWARRA WARD

Yankuntjuntju
327-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Canvas
152 x 152cm | 59.8 x 59.8in
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NYUNGAWARRA WARD

Yankuntjuntju

321-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Linen
NYUNGAWARRA WARD

Yankuntjuntju
321-22 (2022)
Acrylic on Linen
122 x 152cm | 48 x 59.8in
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Nyungawarra WARD


Birth Date 1953
Language Ngaanyatjarra
Skin/Clan Karimarra

Nyungawarra Ward Napurrula is a Ngaatjatjarra woman who was born bush near Karrku, east of Karrkurritinytja, (Lake Macdonald) around 1956.

Nyungawarra spent her early years moving around the country with her family. When she was a young girl, the family group, which included Nanyuma Napangati, was met by Jeremy Long and Nosepeg Tjupurrula to the west of Kiwirrkurra. The family group then moved to Papunya where Nyungawarra went to school.

Nyungawarra now lives in Warakurna with her extended family.

Collections


  • National Museum of Australia (NMA), Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions


2022

  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Group Exhibition – Yaama Ganu Gallery, Moree NSW, Australia.

2021

  • Desert Mob - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

2017

  • Ngurra: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands - South Australian Museum (SAM), Adelaide, SA, Australia.

MYRA YURTIWA COOK (dec)

Lirrun

230-11 (2011)
Synthetic Polymer Paint on Canvas
MYRA YURTIWA COOK (dec)

Lirrun
230-11 (2011)
Synthetic Polymer Paint on Canvas
102 x 76cm | 40.2 x 29.9in
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TJAPARTJI BATES (dec)

Kungkarangkalpa

281-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
TJAPARTJI BATES (dec)

Kungkarangkalpa
281-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
76.2 x 76.2cm | 30 x 30in
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MYRA YURTIWA COOK (dec)

Lirrun

418-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
MYRA YURTIWA COOK (dec)

Lirrun
418-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
101.6 x 38.1cm | 40 x 15in
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Warakurna Artists is a 100% indigenous owned and governed art centre located close to the Great Central Road in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. The art centre provides services to artists living in and visiting Warakurna, Wanarn & Patjarr communities through a range of programs designed to support artists at all stages of their careers.

Warakurna Artists was founded in 2005 and quickly established itself as an energetic community enterprise, focused on the preservation of Ngaanyatjarra culture & Tjukurrpa through the practice of painting. Although painting is the primary activity, the art centre is also an integrated community asset that provides services beyond the reach of the studio, including the facilitation of trips on country, social advocacy & local employment. Warakurna Artists is renowned for its expressive & contemporary Western Desert style and its continuity with history and tradition.

Karilywara Creek

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MYRA YURTIWA COOK (dec)

Lirrun

345-10 (2010)
Acrylic on Canvas
MYRA YURTIWA COOK (dec)

Lirrun
345-10 (2010)
Acrylic on Canvas
101.6 x 38.1cm | 40 x 15in
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NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Marlu Dreaming

16-17 (2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Marlu Dreaming
16-17 (2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
76.2 x 101.6cm | 30 x 40in
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MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina

861-15 (2015)
Acrylic on Canvas
MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina
861-15 (2015)
Acrylic on Canvas
101.6 x 76.2cm | 40 x 30in
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MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina

965-15 (2015)
Acrylic on Canvas
MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina
965-15 (2015)
Acrylic on Canvas
101.6 x 76.2cm | 40 x 30in
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NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker

134-16 (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas
NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker
134-16 (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas
152.4 x 50.8cm | 60 x 20in
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NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker

137-16 (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas
NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker
137-16 (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas
101.6 x 76.2cm | 40 x 30in
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Let sleeping dogs lie.

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TJAPARTJI BATES (dec)

Kungkarangkalpa

565-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
TJAPARTJI BATES (dec)

Kungkarangkalpa
565-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
50.8 x 50.8cm | 20 x 20in
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Kungkarangkalpa

566-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
TJAPARTJI BATES (dec)

Kungkarangkalpa
566-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
50.8 x 50.8cm | 20 x 20in
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MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Tjakura Tjukurrpa

04-269 (2004)
Acrylic on Linen
MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Tjakura Tjukurrpa
04-269 (2004)
Acrylic on Linen
101.6 x 50.8cm | 40 x 20in
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Studio shot

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NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker

468-17 (2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker
468-17 (2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
50.8 x 101.6cm | 20 x 40in
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MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina

229-16 (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas
MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina
229-16 (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas
76.2 x 76.2cm | 30 x 30in
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MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina

758-15 (2015)
Acrylic on Canvas
MANUPA BUTLER (dec)

Mina Mina
758-15 (2015)
Acrylic on Canvas
76.2 x 76.2cm | 30 x 30in
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TJUNKA LEWIS (dec)

Wakalpuka

283-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
TJUNKA LEWIS (dec)

Wakalpuka
283-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
0 x 0cm | 0 x 0in
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β€œIn the brushstrokes of Warakurna Arts, ancient stories dance with modern dreams. Each canvas whispers the wisdom of ancestors, and every stroke carries the heartbeat of the land. Let these vibrant hues ignite your soul and remind you that art is the bridge between worldsβ€”a timeless language spoken by the desert winds.”

NORMAN LYONS (dec)

Papulankutja

142-10 (2010)
Acrylic on Canvas
NORMAN LYONS (dec)

Papulankutja
142-10 (2010)
Acrylic on Canvas
50.8 x 50.8cm | 20 x 20in
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BETTY LAIDLAW

Art Therapy Project

98-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
BETTY LAIDLAW

Art Therapy Project
98-09 (2009)
Acrylic on Canvas
50.8 x 30.5cm | 20 x 12in
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TJAPARTJI BATES (dec)

Pukurlpatulatju Palyara Pirrtja

879-07 (2007)
Acrylic on Canvas
TJAPARTJI BATES (dec)

Pukurlpatulatju Palyara Pirrtj…
879-07 (2007)
Acrylic on Canvas
152.4 x 101.6cm | 60 x 40in
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NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker

494-17 (2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
NEVILLE NIYPULA MCARTHUR (dec)

Lake Baker
494-17 (2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
101.6 x 50.8cm | 40 x 20in
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Road to Patjaar

© courtesy of Warakurna Artists.

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24 May 2024

Online Exhibition

This exhibition encapsulates the rich cultural heritage, vibrant storytelling, and artistic spirit that Warakurna Arts brings to life in their contemporary works.

You can expect to immerse yourself in the mesmerizing landscapes, ancestral narratives, and the soulful connection to the Western Desert.

Join us on this artistic journey through the heart of Australia’s outback.