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Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm

Marshall Jangala Robertson, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 107x46cm

$709.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Marshall Jangala Robertson
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 3603/21
  • 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

This painting tells the story of a Jangala ‘watiya-warnu’ (Acacia tenuissima) ancestor who travelled south from a small hill called Ngurlupurranyangu to Yamunturrngu (Mount Liebig). As he travelled he picked the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds and placed them in ‘parrajas’ (food carriers), one of which he carried on his head. Watiya-warnu is a seed bearing tree that grows in open spinifex or mulga country. When people returned to their camp after collecting the seeds they would make large windbreaks for shelter and winnow the seed in the late afternoon. Immature ‘watiya-warnu’ seed is ground into a paste and can be used to treat upset stomachs. The associated ‘watiya-warnu’ ceremony involves the preparation of a large ground painting. This Jukurrpa belongs to Nampijinpa/Nangala women and Jampijinpa/Jangala men. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. In paintings of this Dreaming ‘U’ shapes are often depicting women collecting the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds. Oval shapes represent the ‘parrajas’ where they carry the seeds and strait lines beside them frequently portrait digging sticks.

Marshall Jangala Robertson was born in 1974 in Darwin, the closest hospital to Lajamanu, an Aboriginal community in semi-arid country on the edge of the Tanami Desert, halfway between Darwin and Alice Springs. He was raised in Lajamanu with his seven sisters and attended the local Lajamanu school and later Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. When he left school, at the end of Year 9, he returned to Lajamanu working in a variety of trades for the CDEP. He later moved to Yuendumu, his parents’ country.

Marshall was born into a family of established artists—his Dad, Jimmy Jampijinpa Robertson was a founding member of the Waniyaka Art Centre at Lajamanu and his Mum, Denise Napangardi Tasman, was also a well-known artist. Marshall watched and painted with his family and on visits to his parents’ country would be told his Jukurrpa stories. When Marshall moved to Yuendumu in 2010 he began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community, 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs. Although he lives in Adelaide he visits often. He paints his Grandfather’s and Dad’s Jukurrpa: Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming); Watiya-Warna Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming) and Warna Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming). Dreamings which relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. He began using traditional iconography but has developed an individualistic style using pattern in a variety of contexts to depict his traditional Jukurrpa. He enjoys painting because it links him to his country and his culture.

Marshall is married to Justinna Napaljarri Sims and between them they have two girls and two boys. When Marshall is not painting, he enjoys going bush, hunting for goannas or travelling to Adelaide with his family, catching up with relatives and friends.




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