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Shorty Robertson Jangala

Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming - 2004

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 46.0 cm
Price Realised: $1,037.00

MP #449


Warlukurlangu Artists, N.T Cat No. 1567/04
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Warlukurlangu Artists certificate of authenticity


Rainmaker Rhythms, Cooee Art Gallery, August 2006
Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming, Cooee Art Gallery, August 2009


Illustrated in The new McCulloch's encyclopedia of Australian art, The Miegunyah Press. Childs, Emily McCulloch, McCulloch, Susan

Shorty Jangala Robertson was born at Chilla Well, a large soakage and claypan 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs.


In this painting the artist has used straight lines to represent the ngawarra (flood waters) running through the landscape. The bars joining the long lines represent mangkurdu (clouds).Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, lightening striking the land. This storm met up with a storm from Wapurtali, to the west. It was picked up by a bird and carried further west until the load became too heavy for the bird to bear and it dropped that storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage. At Puyurru, west of Yuendumu, the bird dug up a giant snake, Wanayarra, that carried water with it and created a giant lake, Jillyiumpa.