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).
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).
This painting is sold with accompanying Warlayirti Artists documentation.