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Lydia Balbal

Pikarong - 2009

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
91.0 x 91.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,050.00

MP #459


Short Street Gallery, WA Cat No. 26304
Aboriginal and Pacific Art, NSW
Private Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Short Street Gallery certificate of authenticity


Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Lydia Balbal, artist's solo exhibition 2009

Lydia Balbal lived amongst the Yulparija people at Bidyadanga with her husband, though her own country was near Punmu in the Great Sandy Desert of WA. Her people's existence had been threatened by severe drought and they had little choice but to leave their country when she was in her 70s. She began painting in 2007.


Pikarong is a site of 'living' (permanent) water on Lydia's parent's country. The region is abundant with bush foods and associated with the king brown snake. It is north of Winpa near Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route.