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Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi

Parwalla - 2007

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
182 x 297 cm
Price Realised: $33,672.00

MP #603


Mason Gallery, NT Cat No. AP0787
Private Collection, SA

Parwalla is the artist’s father’s country, which lies far to the South of Balgo Hills in the Great Sandy Desert near Kiwirrkura. It is a large, swampy area dominated by sandhills. It fills with water after the wet season and becomes abundant with bush foods. These include bush raisins (kantiliyi), bush tomatoes (Pura), and seeds (Minyli). Men and women collect the bush raisin together. It is high in protein and is thought to have beneficial healing properties, especially for women.
The painting is dominated by the various shades of the surrounding Spinifex grass, which grows strong and seeds after the wet season.

Elizabeth Nyumi is the foremost of the second-generation Balgo artists, on whose success the Warlayirti art centre at Balgo Hills has depended. More than any other, she carries on and rapturously extends the reputation of the Balgo women artists with her refreshingly distinct and individual depictions of country.

This work is believed to be the largest ever produced by this renowned artist. She completed it whist in Alice Springs visiting relatives on dialysis.