Eubena Nampitjin (born circa 1924) Artist's Country, 1990
Lot 42
Eubena Nampitjin (born circa 1924) Artist's Country, 1990
AU$ 10,000 - 15,000
US$ 8,800 - 13,000

Lot Details
Eubena Nampitjin (born circa 1924)
Artist's Country, 1990
bears artist's name, dimensions and Warlayirti Artists catalogue number 420/90 on the reverse
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
120 x 60cm (47 1/4 x 23 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Warlayirti Artists, Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills), Western Australia
    Purchased from Sotheby's, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 28 June 1999, lot 96
    The Laverty Collection, Sydney

    LITERATURE:
    Stephen Williamson and Samantha Togni (eds.), Eubena Nampitjin Art and Life, Balgo Hills, W.A.: Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, 2005, cat. no.22, p.45 (illus.)
    Colin Laverty and Elizabeth Laverty et al., Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting from Australia's Remote Aboriginal Communities - the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Melbourne: Hardie Grant Books, 2008, p.124 (illus.)
    Colin Laverty and Elizabeth Laverty et al., Beyond Sacred: Australian Aboriginal Art - the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Edition II, Melbourne: Kleimeyer Industries, 2011, p.136 (illus.)

    The site of this painting is Yangayana, near the Canning
    Stock Route where Eubena spent her early years with
    her family: it depicts the waterholes they lived on, trees
    that provided wood for weapons and tools and firewood,
    and the sand hills that dominate the landscape. The
    place is associated with the Dingo Dreaming and the
    Moon Dreaming. Artist's country, 1990, is composed
    along a matrix of place symbols, the circles, joined by
    journey lines as in conventional Western Desert paintings
    associated with the Tingari ancestors. The fluid nature of
    the matrix bears the painterly influences of her husband's
    work. This relatively early painting features the use of
    particular reds and yellows, synthetic paints that had been
    introduced to the artists of Balgo in 1989 and that had
    attracted Eubena for their similarity to natural occurring
    red and yellow ochres (C. Watson in Brody, A. [ed],
    Stories: Eleven Aboriginal Artists, Works from The Holmes à Court Collection, Sydney: Craftsman House, 1997, p.52).

    Wally Caruana

    This painting is sold with accompanying Warlayirti Artists documentation.
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