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Jean Inyalangka Burke

Liru Ngura - 2005

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
117.0 x 205.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,416.00

MP #441


Agathon Gallery, NSW Cat No.106
Tjala Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW

Born in the bush at Anumarapiti in the Western Desert, Jean arrived at the mission in Ernabella with her parents when she was a baby in the mid 1940s. Shortly after their arrival her mother passed away and her father took her from Ernabella to Warburton, walking from rock-hole to rock-hole for 800 kilometres. Along the way many women took turns in breast-feeding the infant child.


‘I always thought I had no family. I was really sad because other girl’s mothers told them stories about country. I was lost. My own mother wasn’t telling me stories about families and country.'

Jean began painting in Warakurna under the watchful eye of her uncle Tommy Watson at the Docker River Community Arts Centre. Her paintings are based on the linear designs related to sandhill country and her softer palette demonstrates a deep connection to the numinous landscape.