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Julie Nangala Robinson

Julie is the traditional custodian of her country Pirlinyanu, a land of rocky outcrops and deep water springs. It is a water dreaming site (Ngapa Jukurrpa) near Mina Mina.

Region: Yuendumu, NT

DOB: 1973

Place of Birth: Yuendumu, NT

Significant Country: Pirlinyanu

Language: Warlpiri


Born in Yuendumu in 1973, Julie Nangala Robinson is the eldest of five daughters of the late internationally renowned Dorothy Napangardi. Since the late 1990’s, often in the company of her talented mother, Julie has pursued and developed a creative visual language all of her own, one which consists of a fascinating blend of stylized experimentation and ancient narrative.

Using an aerial perspective along with either a distinctive monochromatic or colourful palette, Julie’s paintings (which depict the topographical features of her traditional country at the site of Pirlinyanu) have become works of extraordinary optical brilliance as she alternates the size of dots throughout her work as well as building up specific shapes or reference points often by repeated over-dotting. Julie has evolved from the traditional iconography, creating her own visual style and language.

Julie is the traditional custodian of her country Pirlinyanu, a land of rocky outcrops and deep water springs. It is a water dreaming site (Ngapa Jukurrpa) not far from Nyrippi, a couple of hours further west from Yuendumu. This is her father’s country.


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