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Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
  • Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
  • Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
  • Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
  • Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm
Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm

Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 30x30cm

$149.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 6247/19
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5
  • Postage variants - Posted stretched and ready to hang
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

The Jukurrpa site shown in this painting for Ngatijirri (budgerigar [Melopsittacus undulates]) is at Yangarnmpi, south of Yuendumu. ‘Ngatijirri’ are small, bright green birds native to central Australia which are common around the Yuendumu area, especially after the summer rains. Men would hunt for ‘ngatijirri’ nests, robbing them of eggs and juvenile birds, which are both considered delicacies. The men would also go out hunting for adult, flying ‘ngatijirri’, which they would kill by swinging branches, killing sticks or ‘karli’ (boomerangs) to hit the birds in flight. The ‘ngatijirri’ travelled to Yangarnmpi from Patirlirri, near Willowra to the east of Yuendumu and travelled further on to Marngangi, north/west of Mount Dennison and west of Yuendumu. Each time the flock of ancestral ‘ngatijirri’ lands, they perform ceremonies, singing and dancing as they fly and roost in the trees. The sites of these ceremonies are depicted in this painting as concentric circles, while cross-like shapes depict the footprints of the birds on the ground and give an indication of the large flocks of ‘ngatijirri’ that can be found near Yangarnmpi and other sites close to Yuendumu. After good rains ‘ngatijirri’ can successfully breed several times, resulting in an explosion of the population in a short time. Custodians for the Ngatijirri Jukurrpa are Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women and Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men.

“I like the Aboriginal colours, the desert colours¬--red, black, white, yellow, orange and brown.” Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart was born in Alice Spring’s Hospital but lives in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the only daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Stewart, the Chairman of Warlukurlangu Art Centre, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, and one of its founding and most long-standing artists and also one of the main artists of the Yuendumu School Doors. Queenie grew up in Yuendumu and attended the local school. She has two children, Dion and Bevan from her first marriage and several grand-children. She is married to Edward Jangala Smith, also a painter with the art centre. She has been painting with the art centre since 1997, often painting together with her father and learning the large number of traditional Dreaming stories. Both Paddy Stewart and Queenie are traditional owners of the land where Yuendumu is located. She likes painting all the time, painting on canvas and linen and sometimes painting beads, coolamons or music sticks. In 2002 Queenie travelled to Sydney with the Warlukurlangu Artists to represent her paintings in a Group Exhibition.




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