09 June 2020
Art of the Desert
This issue features works by artists from the Western Desert region. Two were associated with the Wirrimanu (Balgo) community in Western Australia and two with the artists’ cooperative at Papunya Tula, Northern Territory.
Boxer Milner (c. 1935–2009) was a senior lawman and custodian of the Purkitjii (Sturt Creek) area. Milnga-Milnga relates to the Sturt Creek flood plain between the Great Sandy Desert and the Tanami Desert. Eubena Nampitjin (c. 1925–2013) was a law woman and artist in the Balgo community. Her art focused on her homelands around Tjintalpa.
Walter Tjampitjinpa (c. 1912–81) was a founder of the Papunya art movement. A senior man and ceremonial leader he was custodian of the Water Dreaming that runs through Kalipimpinpa. Fred Ward Tjungurrayi (c. 1948–) was born at Purkitjarra, east of Kiwirrkura in the Western Desert. He painted with Papunya Tula Artists in the 1980s and works with Kayili Artists at Patjarr.
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