Christine has painted some of her mother’s country south of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is named Winpurpurla after the tjurnnu (soak water) depicted as the central circle in the painting. Winpurpurla is an inta, or ‘living water’ place so it always has good water. Women often travel to Winpurpurla to collect a variety of seeds, including lukarrari, which is ground to make damper, and kumpupatja (bush tomato). The lines in the painting represent the tali (sandhills) that dominate this country.—Warlayirti Artists © Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory


  • Title: Winpurpurla
  • Creator: Christine Yukenbarri
  • Creator Lifespan: 1977
  • Creator Nationality: Australian
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Date: 2007
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 2008, Telstra Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory © licensed byWarlayirti Artists
  • Medium: synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Geographical Region of Artist: Balgo, Kimberley region
  • Exhibition: 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2007
  • Ethnic Language Group: Kukatja
  • Dimensions: 180 x 80 cm
  • Collection: Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
  • Artist Ethnicity: Aboriginal

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