Imelda walked into old Mission with her mother, accomplished painter Lucy Yukenbarri, as a small child and lived in the dormitories at the Mission for a number of years. She was looked after by the nuns and has fond memories of this time. She attended the government school at Balgo and left school in 1969. She then lived for a short time in Beagle Bay where she met her husband. They started a family there and after her second child they moved back to Balgo and had two more children. She spent a lot of time with her mother, Lucy, who would explain the importance of passing on the stories they were painting to the children of the family. When Imelda’s husband passed away she lived in Mulan for a short time and then moved back to Balgo, where she lives now.
Imelda is proud to carry on the legacy of the painting style and stories of her mother. As well as painting in the Art Centre every day, Imelda is an active member of the community and has served on the Warlayirti Board of Directors for many years. She has travelled around Australia and overseas with her art, and recently travelled to Melbourne to attend the opening of “Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo” and dance with other Balgo artists at the National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda.
Presenting the Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market, Fremantle Arts Centre acknowledges the Whadjuk people, both past and present, as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which it operates, and the greater Walyalup area. We honour and respect their spiritual relationship with their Country and the significant role they play for our community and events to flourish.
Fremantle Arts Centre acknowledges the value, diversity and integrity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, music and performance as an integral expression of Australian culture. We respect the work of Art Centres in their support of the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural aspirations and expressions.
Top Image: Tjarlirli artists Dennis Brown, Doreen Bennett, Henry Farmer, Julieanne Farmer & Ms. M Giles just over the WA border, west of Kaltukatjarra, 2019. Troopy artwork: Carol Giles, Minyma Tjukurla, 2019. Images courtesy of Tjarlirli Art Inc.
Background Image: Carol Giles, Minyma Tjukurla (detail), 2019. Images courtesy of Tjarlirli Art Inc.