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Shorty Robertson Jangala

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  • Born: 1930

  • Region: Central Desert, NT
  • Community: Yuendumu

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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 Jangalas, his skin brothers.

His childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Conniston Massacre of Aboriginal people and close to Jila, families were shot at Wantaparri. Shorty Jangala Robertson had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo 'to hide' from being shot. His father died at Mt Theo, after which Shorty and his mother moved to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.

During World War II, the army took people from Yuendumu to the other Warlpiri settlement at Lajamanu. Shorty was taken and separated from his mother, however, she came to get him on foot and together they traveled hundreds of miles back to Chilla Well. Drought food and medical supplies forced Shorty and his family back to Yuendumu from time to time. 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. This fledgling artist well in his 70's is an active member of Warlukurlangu Co-operative.

He lives at Yuendumu with his wife and fellow artist Lady Nungarrayi Robertson. 

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Sites

Subjects

Water (Ngapa) , Rain, Acacia, Flying Ants, Emu

Medium

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen and Canvas

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
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AIAM100 Rating
0.8774
Sold/Offered
27/46
Clearance Rate
59%
Average Price
$3,603
Total Price
$97,285
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0903 0.1711 0.2828 0.0849 0.0917 0.2521 0.0000 0.0834 0.0266 0.0856 0.0165 0.2824 0.0000
0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2/2 3/3 4/6 1/1 1/6 3/4 0/2 2/6 3/4 1/2 1/2 6/6 0/2
$0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,040 $3,254 $4,997 $7,200 $8,400 $7,063 $0 $1,740 $767 $7,320 $273 $2,215 $0
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2018

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

[No Title Given] (Rêve D?eau)

sale price: $13,442.00
auction: Gaia Auction, Paris  lot: 12 date: 14/05/2011
97 x 132 cm Acrylic on canvas
2

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 2008

sale price: $13,000.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions,  lot: 121 date: 14/10/2008
183 x 122 cm Acrylic on convas
3

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) Puyurru, 2007

sale price: $8,400.00
auction: Deutscher and Hackett , Melbourne  lot: 54 date: 24/03/2010
182 x 122 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
4

Ngapa (Water) Dreaming (2004)

sale price: $7,320.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne  lot: 25 date: 17/03/2015
120 x 90 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
5

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) 2007

sale price: $7,200.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies,  lot: 222 date: 24/06/2009
182 x 106 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
6

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) (2004)

sale price: $5,704.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Sydney  lot: 19 date: 16/05/2017
152.5 x 122 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
7

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) (2007)

sale price: $5,456.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Sydney  lot: 140 date: 16/05/2017
183 x 92 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
8

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) Puyurru, 2008

sale price: $4,148.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Sydney  lot: 460 date: 07/11/2011
152 x 137 cm Acrylic on linen
9

Ngapa (Water Dreaming) 2004

sale price: $4,000.00
auction: Leonard Joel,  lot: 35 date: 21/07/2008
152 x 91 cm Acrylic on linen
10

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) 2003

sale price: $3,960.00
auction: Sotheby's,  lot: 252 date: 24/07/2007
122 x 107 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen

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