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Evan Jungarrayi Sims / Water Dreaming – Wapurtali (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 123-12ny


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

Evan 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.


This Ngapa Jukurrpa (water Dreaming) comes from Wapurtali (Mt. Singleton) west of Yuendumu. A ‘marlu’ (kangaroo) was cooked at a place called Jalkirri. The smoke from the fire formed ‘milpirri’ (cumulonimbus clouds) and it began to rain. A giant storm formed and travelled from the south over Mikanji where it rained so hard it created a hole in the ground which became a soakage. At Mirrawarri a bird picked up the storm and carried it on its wings to the west until it became too heavy for it and it had to drop it on the ground. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. Short dashes are often used to represent Mungkurdu (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds), and longer, flowing lines represent ‘ngawarra’ (flooded waters). Small circles are used to depict ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and river beds.

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