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Debbie Napaljarri Brown / Bush Tomato Dreaming

SKU: 628-14

122cm x 107cm Acrylic on Linen

$2,150.00

122cm x 107cm Acrylic on Linen

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Artist Profile

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

Artwork Description


The Bush Tomato (Wanakiji) Dreaming travels through Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, north of Yuendumu). The Bush Tomato grows in open spinifex country and is a small, prickly plant with purple flowers that bears green fleshy fruit with many small black seeds.

After collecting the fruit, the seeds are removed with a small wooden spoon called ‘kajalarra’. The fruit can be eaten raw or threaded onto skewers called ‘turlturrpa’ and then cooked over a fire or left to dry. When they are prepared in this way it is called ‘turlturrpa’ and the fruit can be kept for a long time. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming, particular sites and other elements. 

 

 

 

Debbie Napaljarri Brown

Debbie lives in Nyirrpi, a remote Aboriginal community 400kms north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Debbie grew up in Nyirrpi, and did most of her schooling there, although she spent  several years boarding at Yirara college in Alice Springs.

Debbie Napaljarri Brown was born in Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community 400 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She grew up in Nyirrpi, and did most of her schooling  there, although she spent several years boarding at Yirara College in Alice Springs.

Debbie is married and has one child, Jarvis. She works helping to care for old people at Nyirrpi, and at the store. In her paintings, Debbie paints Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features, plants and animals. These stories were passed down to her by her father and mother and their parents before them for millennia.

In 2010 Debbie moved to Yuendumu, 160 km east of Nyirripi, with her husband and son Jarvis to be closer to her husband’s family. She works for the Women’s Centre, cooking lunches for the kids at school. Debbie has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2006. Her Grandmother, Margaret Napangardi Brown, also an artist with the art centre, taught her to paint.

Debbie would watch her paint and listen to her Grandmother’s Jukurrpa or Dreaming stories. In her paintings, Debbie paints her father’s Jukurrpa, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features, plants and animals. These stories were passed down to her by her Grandmother and her mother and their parents before them for millennia.

Mediums
Acrylic on Canvas

Themes
Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming) Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming)

Group Exhibitions
2013             Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Paris
2010             “30 under 30”, Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008             Dreamings Past & Present, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide SA

 

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