Tjulpu Tjuta, 2019


  • 88cm x 90cm x cm
  • 2019
  • Acrylic on Cotton Canvas
  • Catalog No: 1148-x2085-20
  • Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians but for this story they have been able to make some details open for sharing. Nyanu is known for her unusual depictions of various animals as a painter at Ninuku Arts in Kalka. Often using a combination of brushwork and dotting she creates stylised and unique creatures. She has a great love for birds that live around Kalka, especially the Kakalyalya or White Cockatoo. Like all animals, birds are a large part of Anangu culture. Some of her other favourites include the ngintaka (perentie lizard) and anumara (caterpillar).
  • Painting on canvas
  • Maruku Arts and Crafts