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Ormay Nangala Gallagher / Red-backed Kingfisher (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas 

SKU: 4519-18


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

“I like painting my father’s and mother’s Jukurrpa, it makes me feel proud and happy.”

Ormay Nangala Gallagher was born in Alice Springs hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290km from Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. Her upbringing was mainly in Yuendumu where she attended the local Yuendumu School. In 1978 she attended Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding school in Alice Springs and between 1978 -1979 she attended Sadadeen College.

She then moved to Nyirripi where she worked at the Nyirripi store from 1986 to 1994. Between 1995 and 2004 she worked at Nyirripi School as a teacher. She did her teachers training through Batchelor College.

Ormay is married and has two children. She likes listening to country music, going bush hunting, enjoys watching TV, meeting friends and going on holidays around Australia.

“I started painting in the 1980’s and I am still painting today. I do dot painting and the dreaming that I paint is about Emu and Water, that dreaming is at Mikanji and that is my fathers dreaming. I also paint Pama-pardu and Emu, that dreaming is North of Nyirrripi at a place call Waylka and Wantungurru, which is also another of my fathers dreaming.”

Ormay travelled to Bahrain in 2008 and Delhi, India in 2009 with Warlukurlangu Artists.

Luurnpa is the ancestral kingfisher who led the Kukaja people to their country in the Dreaming. He travelled from the north stopping at all the sources of living water in the desert. He came to Tjalputjalpu, north of Lake MacKay, and camped beside the warran, clay pans that join up to form a vast flood plain after heavy summer rains.

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