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Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baraburra paintings is known for combining traditional designs from the Great Sandy Desert with the vibrant colours of the saltwater landscape of the Kimberley. Her artwork has enjoyed critical acclaim and she has been widely exhibited. Her work evokes powerful memories of her country in the wet season…

Region: Great Sandy Desert, WA

DOB: c 1939

Place of Birth: Kalpirti, WA

Language: Yulparija

Community: Bidyadanga (West Kimberley)

Art Centre: Short Street Gallery


Margaret Baraburra was born in Kalpirti located in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia. She spent her early years travelling across the desert region, from waterholes to seasonal wetlands. When a sustained drought in the early 1970s, her people, the Yulparija, walked out of their traditional country and settled in the coastal town of Bidyadanga (formerly known as Le Grange Mission) on the Kimberley coast (some 250 km south of Broome).

It was here in 2003 in Bidyadanga that Margaret started painting. Her work is known for combining traditional designs from the Great Sandy Desert with the vibrant colours of the saltwater landscape of the Kimberley. Her artwork has enjoyed critical acclaim and she has been widely exhibited. 

In some of Margaret’s work she evokes powerful memories of her country in the wet season…

“My country Kampagee, we been walking around, I been born there. I am little one walking around Nanarra. Lots of jila, warla (mud flat). Old people country blood country, sad one you know. He been lost there my uncle everyone been lost there my grandfather too.”

One of her works on Kampagee with its dark background, electric green dotting, outlined in crimson red, has been translated into a high end fashionable wearable scarf.


Exhibitions

01 - 30 April 2018

Shining Forth - Colour Power

Welcome to our Shining Forth - Colour Power Exhibition. This exhibition….. Proudly presenting the following artists Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Geraldine Nowee, Judy Napangardi Watson, Pamela Napurrurla Walker and Linda Napurrurla Walker, Alma Nungarrayi Granites, Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,…


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