Biddy Jurrah/Long Yulngarri - Tree and Spinifex Dreaming

Biddy Jurrah/Long Yulngarri - Tree and Spinifex Dreaming

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Artist: Biddy Jurrah/Long Yulngarri
Title: Bush Potato Dreaming
Cat No: 1442-10
Size: 120 x 60 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

This is an amazing painting by Biddy Jurrah/Long Yulngarri from Lajamanu, NT.

The artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with the artwork.

We used to collect spinifex and sit down on a hill.  Then we pounded it up with a stone axe or tomahawk.  This made min-yung-um-bah (spinifex resin).  We used that mung-yung-um bah to make stone axe (join the head to the handle) or spear Kurlanda (flint on stong or later, metal tip to shaft and so we put them in the fire to make it hard that wapulingi tree gives us lungkarda (witchetty grubs) carry them in parraja (coolamon) or eat them straight away we make watiya of this tree.


Born:               c.1931

Birth Place:    South of Willowra

Skin Name:      Nungarrayi

Language:       Warlpiri

Nungarrayi is a traditional woman bringing years of bush living and travel by foot and later in life vehicle to her painting. Her early life was with other Warlpiri on Mt Doreen cattle station when her family wasn't travelling around their lands.  She has worked for many years teaching Warlpiri language and culture to children in the school's bilingual education program. Her initial medium was ochre when painting onto the body for ceremonies, and she still practices this, as well as painting with acrylic onto canvas and linen. Nungarrayi delights in the variations of colours now available to her. Her sister Lily Nungarrayi Jurrah/Hargraves is also a committed artist and they often paint at this art centre together. Nungarrayi began painting in 1986 in Lajamanu after a TAFE course introduced the community to Acrylic and Canvas. Nungarrayi's art has been widely exhibited in Australia and is held in major national collections.

Themes  Mediums 
Mala (small borrowing hare wallaby) Dreaming  Acrylic on Canvas 
Ngatijirri or Budgerigar Dreaming  Acrylic on Linen 
Women - Karnta Dreaming  Ochre on Body 
Yumurnunju - Bush Yam or Bush PotatoDreaming  Ochre on Wood 
Ochre Pigments with PVA Fixative on Canvas 
Acrylic on Wood 
Group Exhibitions 
2015 August Form Gallery
2015 June Tunbridge Gallery
2014 July Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantajaku Tjuta
2012 January "Touch the Ground" Brits Art Germany
2012 January Brave Festival Wroclaw Poland
2012 January Galerie Yapa Paris France
2010 January "Milpirri" Lajamanu
2009 January Framed Gallery, Darwin
2008 January Holiday Inn, Darwin
Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation - Biddy Yulngarri Jurrah/Long
2001 January Tandanya, Adelaide
1989 January Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne



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