Title: Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)
Jarred Jangala Robertson - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - 1198/19ny
Artist: Jarred Jangala Robertson
Cat No: 1198/19ny
Size: 76 x 46 cm
Acrylic on Canvas, Stretched
The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru. In the usually dry creek beds are water soakages or naturally occurring wells. The owners of this Dreaming are the Nangala and Nampijinpa women and the Jangala and Jampijinpa men. Two Jangala's, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled from East to West with a Termite Dreaming. At Warlura, a gecko named Yumariyumari blew the storm away. Bolts of lightning shot out at Wirnpa and at Karnaraji. The Water Dreaming builts hills at Ngamangama using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the ground at Jukajuka where they can still be seen today.
Young Warlpiri artist Jarred Jangala Robertson, a grandson of the great water dreaming painter, Shorty Robertson of the Western Desert, relates the same water/rain creation story as that of his grandfather.
Jarred Jangala Robertson paints for the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation located at the Yuendumu community 300km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Established in 1985, Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a fully Aboriginal owned and governed art centre with over 600 members. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of all art works go directly back to the artists and their community projects.
The art centre is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings with many of its members work collectable having been featured in hundreds of exhibitions both in Australia and around the world. The art centre is both a stronghold of traditional Warlpiri culture and an essential part of Yuendumu's community life.