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Mickey Jampijinpa Singleton / Water Dreaming – Pirlinyarnu (1A)

152cm x 61cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: 57-09ny


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

Micky Jampijinpa Singleton was born on Mount Doreen Station (an extensive cattle breeding station in NT) where he lived and worked as a stockman before moving to Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located 290km northwest of Alice Springs. He has lived most of his life between Yuendumu and Nyirripi, a community which started as an outstation of Yuendumu, located a further 160kms west into the bush. He currently lives in Nyirripi.

Mickey has one daughter and one son from his first marriage. His daughter Lynette lives in Willowra, and his son lives in Nyirripi. Mickey now lives with his second wife, Jeanie Napangardi Lewis, an artist in her own right. He has been painting on and off for many years. Because he did not have access to painting materials while he lived at Nyirripi – there is no art centre there – he would travel to Yuendumu and paint every day with Warlukurlangu Artists, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre, before returning home to Nyirripi. Now that Warlukurlangu staff travel to Nyirripi with canvas and paint on a regular basis Mickey stays there. Mickey uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern individualistic style to depict his traditional Jukurrpa (Dreamings). Mickey paints his traditional Jukurrpa that has been passed down to him from his father and his fathers before him for millennia. These stories are creation stories that relate to Mickey’s traditional country. They include Ngapa Jakurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Wati Jarra (Two Men Dreaming).

When he is not painting he loves to go hunting for kangaroo and goanna.


The site depicted in this painting is Pirlinyarnu (Mt. Farewell), about 165 km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm that collided with another storm from Wapurtali. The two storms travelled across the country, from Karlipinpa near Kintore. A Kirrkarlanji (brown falcon) carried the storm further west until it dropped the storm at Pirlinyarnu, forming an enormous Maliri (lake). A “mulju” (soakage) exists in this place today. At Puyurru the bird dug up a ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent). The serpent carried water with it to create another large lake. Whenever it rains today hundreds of ‘ngapangarlpa’ (bush ducks) still flock to Pirlinyarnu.

The ‘kirda’ (custodians) for this Jukurrpa (dreaming) are Jangala/Jampijinpa men and Nangala/ Nampijinpa women.

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