This image is of Judy Napangardi Watson painting one of her iconic Mina Mina Dreaming stories. Judy works with Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert. The Mina Mina story tells about the women who travel west of Yuendumu to participate in ceremony, gathering bush tucker, painting up, singing and dancing but importantly teaching the young women and girls the important stories that have been passed down for centuries.
This is the country south of Alice Springs heading to Santa Teresa and the Simpson Desert. While arid, this country comes alive in the spring after winter rains, with flowers covering the ground as depicted in Marie Shilling's paintings as shown here. This is also the country of sculptor Johnny Perrurule Young who makes the magnificent kangaroos.
Arrived in the gallery early January, brilliant new works by 17 artists from the western desert community of Tjukurla 300 km. west of Uluru. These 33 exciting new works are by a combination of older traditional and young emerging artists. They are a dramatic depiction of the country, dream-time stories and body painting using traditional ochre like colours and vibrant rich contemporary colours. The works range in size from small 30x30cm to large paintings.