Tjurlkurlu bears artist's name, dimensions and Warlayirti Artists catalogue number 964/03 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 100 x 100cm
PROVENANCE: Painted in 2003 Warlayirti Artists, Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills), Western Australia Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney Private collection
Cf. For two related paintings from the same period see Stephen Williamson and Samantha Togni (eds.), Eubena Nampitjin: Art and Life, Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills): Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, 2005, p.46 and p.52.
Eubena Nampitjin's vibrant and powerful paintings have established her as one of Australia's most recognisable and acclaimed contemporary artists. In a career that has now spanned over twenty five years, it is now possible to look back at specific periods within her oeuvre and identify the shifts in technique and style, with the work always infused with a raw energy. This painting from 2003 marks the beginning of her most gestural period, where her brush stokes become fluid and move in sweeping arches across the canvas, using subtle variations of golden yellow, orange and white paint in a wet on wet technique over a hot pink ground.
This painting is sold with accompanying Warlayirti Artists documentation that reads in part: 'This painting depicts some of Eubena's traditional country far to the south of Balgo along the Canning Stock Route. When Eubena was a young girl she would travel between the wanirri (rockholes) and tjurrnu (soakwater) depicted in this painting. The top row are named Tjurlkurlu, Tirru and Kurlai, the second row are named Lippuru, Warntalpa, Watjaparni and Kukupanya. The distinct yellow line underscoring the lower three tjurrnu depicts part of the Canning Stock Route, while the remainder of the painting represents the tali or sandhills that dominate this country.'