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Julie Napurrurla Gordon / Owlet Nightjar Dreaming (1A)

46cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas

 

SKU: 4901-19

$350.00

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

Julie 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.

 

The Jarlajirrpi Jukurrpa (owlet nightjar dreaming) belongs to country near to Wirliyajarrayi (Willowra community), north of Yuendumu. The Jarlajirrpi is also known as a “Kurdaitcha” shaman bird. Jarljirrpi make a particular sound, “Jurl-Jurl” at night. They spend all day in their nest in the hollow logs of trees and have big eyes like a southern Boobook Owl. When people hear the owl calling out at night they say to each other “A Kirdaitcha man is coming this way. Look out for him!” This dreaming is associated with ceremonies that are usually performed at night.

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