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Audrey Napanangka Martin / Bush Coconut Dreaming (1A)

46cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas 


SKU: 2149-19


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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

Audrey is a Warlpiri artist who paints for Warlukurlangu Art Centre in the Northern Territory.

Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation of Yuendumu was incorporated in 1986. Warlukurlangu is a not for profit organisation that has more than 600 members, all of whom are Indigenous artists. It is directed by an executive committee of eight men and eight women representing all the ‘skin groups’. It meets regularly to set policy, make decisions about the organisation and direct staff.

Established in 1985 Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.

Warlukurlangu Artists is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings and limited edition prints. The art centre has a national and international profile and its art has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.

Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.


Kanta are soft fleshy white fruit similar to coconuts that grow encased in the hard shells of wasp galls which grow on ‘wurrkali’ (bloodwood [Eucalyptus terminalis]) trees, commonly known as ‘bush coconut’. The gall is broken in two and the inside is eaten out. Inside the fruit live small grubs which are delicious and sweet to eat. Later turn into wasps (‘wangarla’ [Cysticoccus pommiformus]) and fly away. Napangardi and Napanangka women, depicted in the painting as ‘U’ shapes, would go out collecting ‘kanta’ at Puturlu, west of Yuendumu. In Warlpiri traditional paintings iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. Circles are used to represent ‘kanta’, while concentric circles depict the sites where the women go to gather it. This Jukurrpa travels from west to east. The Jukurrpa, designs and country shown in this painting are owned by Napangardi/ Napanangka women and Japanangka/Japangardi men.

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