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  • Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm
  • Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm
  • Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm
  • Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm
Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm
Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm
Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm
Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm

Linda Ngitjanka, Yawalyurru at Alkipi, 91x70cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Linda Ngitjanka
  • Community - Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) 
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Ikuntji Artists
  • Catalogue number - 04-LN61 
  • Materials - Acrylic on canvas  
  • Size(cm) - H91 W70 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - As displayed

Alkipi is a little outstation south-west of Papunya and west of Ulumbauru outstation. The native bush currants (yawalyurru) also called broad-leafed native currants (Canthium attenuatum) grow there.

Linda was born in 1934 at Warapuyu, north of Browns Bore. Her father was born at Lake Mackay, west of Kintore. Her parents passed away when she was a little girl and she was sent to Haasts Bluff mission where she grew up and married Katapana Alan Tjapanangka. His country is Yumari, also west of Kintore. Her tjukurrpa is the bush raisin, small green and black berries known as ngamanpurru. She also paints her father’s tjukurrpa, waru tjangitjarra (firesticks) and kuturru (nulla nulla) tjukurrpa from her own country, Alkipi. Nulla nullas are cut and carved from mulga hardwood and are used in ceremonies with song and dance, for digging, and occasionally for fighting. Linda’s artistic talents, linked with her natural sense of colour and design, allow her to create vibrant, energetic works representing the mountains (puli) and bush raisins of her home country, Alkipi. She first painted at Ikuntji Women’s Centre in 1996 and now divides her time between Haasts Bluff and Areyonga where her daughter, Tarna, is principal of the school. Linda passed away in October 2010.

A lot of stories are still being recounted of long journeys of people from various language groups, who travelled from rockholes and waterholes to caves and mountains finally arriving at Haasts Bluff. The locals, Luritja people of Haasts Bluff, were already here. Thus Haasts Bluff is a community rich of diversity in language and culture.

Ikuntji Artists was first established in 1992, after a series of workshops with Melbourne artist Marina Strocchi, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfil the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering for old people and children in the community. After first experiences made in printing T-shirts, the artists began producing acrylic paintings on linen and handmade paper, which quickly gained the attention of the Australian and international art world as well as earning the centre an impressive reputation for fine art. The focus changed from a women’s centre to an art centre in 2005 with the incorporation of the art centre as Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

The artists draw their inspiration from their personal ngurra (country) and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). They interpret the ancestral stories by using traditional symbols, icons and motifs. The artistic repertoire of Ikuntji Artists is diverse and includes for example: naive as well as highly abstract paintings told by each artist in their personal signature style. Throughout the 21 years of its existence the art movement in Ikuntji has flourished and constantly left its mark in the fine art world. At the same time the art centre has been the cultural hub of the community, maintaining, reinforcing and reinvigorating cultural practices through art-making.

Today Ikuntji Artists has eight key artists, who exhibit in Australia and internationally. They are represented in major collections across the globe.

Text: Melanie Greiner, Alison Multa and Dr Chrischona Schmidt