Untitled, 2022


  • 76cm x 76cm
  • 2022
  • Acrylic On Canvas
  • Catalog No: 2252-22-225

Illyampi Victor Burton is a Manyjilyjarra man who spent much of his youth living a traditional pujiman (desert dwelling) lifestyle. During these years he walked through large tracts of land, covering distances of several thousand kilometres between his birthplace south of Kunawarritji, Balgo, Jigalong, Newberry, and Uluru. Illyampi was first ‘taken from the bush’ along with his extended family by the Government Native Welfare Department to Jigalong Mission, where he attended school, and later to Port Hedland. By this time most pujiman Aboriginals had moved in from the desert. Later Illyampi played part in the establishment of Punmu remote Aboriginal community during the ‘Return to Country’ movement of the 1980s. Today he continues to live between Punmu and Port Hedland.Much of Illyampi’s artwork relates to the Country surrounding Punmu and the jukurrpa (dreaming) narratives that describe the formation of the land and cultural customs for this region.