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Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aboriginal Art - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm

Leah Nampijinpa Sampson, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 107x46cm

$709.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Leah Nampijinpa Sampson
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 5510/21
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H107 W46 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

The Wanakiji Jukurrpa (bush tomato [Solanum chippendalei] Dreaming) travels through Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, north of Yuendumu). “Wanakiji” 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 then can be eaten raw or threaded onto skewers called ‘turlturrpa’ and then cooked over a fire. ‘Wanakiji’ can also be skewered and 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 Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. The Wanakiji Jukurrpa belongs to Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/Japangardi men.

Leah Nampijinpa Sampson was born in 1990 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. Her mother is Lynette Napanangka Sampson, a Warlukurlangu artist and her father is Gregoy Sampson. She has two sisters and one brother. Leah attended the local school and graduated in 2006. While at school she enjoyed both English and Walpiri languages and has always loved painting. After leaving school Leah began painting at the Art Centre. She is married and has two sons and two grandsons.

Leah began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2007. She has painted consistently since then. She paints her parents’ Jukurrpa, in particular Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming), Jarnmarda Jukurrpa (Bush Onion Dreaming) and Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming) from her mother’s side and Yankirri Jukurrpa(Emu Dreaming) and Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) from her father’s side. These stories have been passed down over the generations for millennia and relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. “When I was young I would come to the Art Centre and watch my Mum paint and listen to the stories of the old people.” Leah uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.

When Leah is not painting or looking after her grandsons she loves to go hunting with her friend for Yurrampi (honey ants).




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