Warlayirti Artists, Balgo Hills, Cat No. 632/10
Alcaston Gallery, Vic, Cat No. AK16651
Private Collection, Qld
This is the largest and most accomplished painting recorded in this artist’s ouevre. Christine Yukenbarri is the daughter of the renowned Balgo Hill’s painters Lucy Yukenbarri and Helicopter Joe Tjungurrayi. She paints in the kinti-kinti (close-close) style of dotting pioneered by her mother.
In this large canvas Christine has painted her mother’s country south of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is named Winpurpurla after the soakwater depicted as the central circle in the painting. Winpurpurla is a permanent waterhole or “living water” place. Women often travel to Winpurpurla to collect a variety of seeds including lukarrari which is ground to make damper and kumpupatja (bush tomato). The definite lines in the painting represent the tali (sandhills) that dominate this country.’Share