Artwork of the Week: Untitled by Angelina Nampijinpa Tasman 46 x 107cm

Created in Yuendumu in 2016

About the Artist

Angelina is an exciting artist from Yuendumu and paints for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. She was born in 1951 at Mount Doreen Station and moved to the remote community of Yuendumu (roughly 300kms North West of Alice Springs) when she was a little girl. After completing school, Angelina worked in the local store and then as an assistant teacher. Being a mother to her five children and grandmother duties have kept her rather busy, but she started painting for Warlukurlangu in 2004. She began painting in earnest in 2007 and over the last 10 years has developed a number of unique styles to express her fathers and grandfather's Dreamings, as well as the features and animals that inhabit the land.   

About the Artwork

Warlukurlangu provide beautiful Certificates of Authenticity for all of their artworks, which includes the artwork story;

The site depicted in this painting is Pirlinyarnu (Mt. Farewell), about 165 km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. The ‘kirda’ (owners) for the water Dreaming site at Pirlinyarnu are Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men.

Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm that collided with another storm from Wapurtali at Mirawarri. A ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) carried the storm further west from Mirawarri. The two storms travelled across the country from Karlipirnpa, a ceremonial site for the water Dreaming near Kintore that is owned by members of the Napaljarri/Japaljarri and Napanangka/Japanangka subsections. Along the way the storms passed through Juntiparnta, a site that is owned by Jampijinpa men. The storm eventually became too heavy for the falcon. It dropped the water at Pirlinyarnu, where it formed an enormous ‘maluri’ (claypan). A ‘mulju’ (soakage) exists in this place today. Whenever it rains today, hundreds of ‘ngapangarlpa’ (bush ducks) still flock to Pirlinyarnu.

Why we LOVE this Artwork

The artists from Warlukurlangu have become well known for using bold, contrasting colours that somehow just work brilliantly together. In this work, Angelina has used subtle but surprising colour combinations, that keeps the piece fresh and interesting every time your eyes travel across the canvas - there always seems to be something that grabs your attention that you didn't notice the previous time. Angelia has also built up layers of dot work, giving the piece great depth and sophistication. There is a profound energy to the piece without it being overpowering.


Angelina is expressing an ancient story, but there is a beautiful contemporary aesthetic to this piece which means it can sit comfortably in a home or office space. Because it is essentially an aerial perspective of the land, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to hang the artwork. The shape is also incredibly elegant and versatile.

Here's my little digital hang of a home office space where I think this piece could happily sit and provide tremendous inspiration! 

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