Pirlinyanu, 2010 (Limited Edition Etching)

Artist: Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Yuendumu, NT

Medium/Type: Limited Edition Print

Size: 45 x 59 cm

Catalogue Number: PRINT-JR-01

Price: 595.00


Date: 2010
Catalogue No: JR-01
Limited Edition: 50
Medium: Etching
Image Size: 59 x 45 cm
Paper size: 80 x 60 cm
Studio:  Northern Editions, Darwin NT

Julie depicts her Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), which is associated with her father’s traditional country of Pirlinyanu, a rocky outcrop in the Tanami Desert, west of Yuendumu and towards the WA border.

This rocky country with its significant waterholes and plentiful bush tucker is one of many significant locations for the Water Dreaming because if you know which rocks to move you always have access to fresh water in the deep natural occurring wells of Pirlinyanu.  Without this knowledge one could imagine there was no water in this desert landscape. 

Using an aerial perspective along with a more recently established and distinctive monochromatic palette, Julie’s current paintings 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 overdotting.

2010 – Julie Nangala Robertson signing her screen prints (Gallery Gondwana JR-01) (In the background are framed prints by her famous mother Dorothy Napangardi.)

2010 – Julie Nangala Robertson signing her screen prints (at Gallery Gondwana PRINT-JR-01) (In the background are framed prints by her famous mother Dorothy Napangardi.)

Nexus - A collaboration in print from Central Australia and Fiji (2010)
An intensive printmaking workshop held in Alice Springs early in the year 2010 was the catalyst for a unique intersection of ideas and artistic expression in print, across cultures. The artists involved was the celebrated artist Dorothy Napangardi, her daughter Julie Nangala Robinson, Mitjili Napanangka from Central Australia and Rusiate Lali from Fiji. For the latter three artists, it has been their first ventures in the print medium with astounding results.

The resulting works showcasing new etchings and screen prints were presented at Northern Editions from Monday, 9 August 2010 in an exhibition ‘Nexus - A collaboration in print from Central Australia and Fiji’. The exhibition was included and officially launched as part of the Darwin Festival program, Charles Darwin University’s Northern Editions on Saturday, 14 August, 2010.

Nexus exhibited selection of work revealing a depth of expression and style.

Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Yuendumu, NT

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.

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Please phone Rusiate Lali to book a visit his studio.
It is located in a beautiful environment on a farm 10 minutes from Nausori airport, 45 minutes from Suva.
Pick ups from airport can be arranged.
Fresh juices from the farm await your arrival.

A wonderful opportunity to meet one of the most exciting artists of the Pacific Islands.
Selection of artwork available and commissions accepted.


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