2017/0110 Wayampajarti

Wayampajarti

Artist

Mawukura Jimmy NERRIMAH
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1923
 in
Willi waterhole, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Death:
Feb 2013
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
Wayampajarti
Date
1999
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
122.0 x 122.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0110
Currently not on display

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Mulgra (Mawukura) Jimmy Nerrima comes from the desert approximately five hundred kilometres south-east of Derby. His people are the Walmajarri, and his land and birthplace are both the impetus behind his paintings and the substance of his content. The desert area gives him his personal stories and his identity. Nerrimah’s life is a history of momentous change – from a transient desert existence to life as a stockman, a common transition for Indigenous people. He was a respected elder and lore/law man, and teaches this to you men in his community. His paintings contain important traditional information as well as being an informative history of Mulgra Nerrimah’s time and place. His beautiful, hypnotic paintings are extremely appealing in their use of non-traditional colours. Using synthetic polymer paint on canvas, he produces work that is intensely vibrant as he paints his Country, the land and the stories of his life.

Curatorial insightMulgra (Mawukura) Jimmy Nerrimah comes from the desert approximately five hundred kilometres south-east of Derby. His people are the Walmajarri, and his land and birthplace are both the impetus behind his paintings and the substance of their content. The desert area gives him his personal stories and his identity. Nerrimah’s life is a history of momentous change – from a transient desert existence to life as a stockman, a common transition for Indigenous people. He was a respected elder and lore/law man and taught this to young men in his community. His paintings contain important traditional information as well as being an informative history of Mulgra Nerrimah’s time and place. His beautiful and balanced paintings are extremely appealing in their use of non-traditional colours. Using synthetic polymer paint on canvas, he produces work that is intensely vibrant as he paints his Country, the land and the stories of his life. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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