An image of we love rain you know

Marlene Rubuntja

(Australia  – )

Alice Springs, Central Desert region
Language group
Western Arrernte, Central Desert region

we love rain you know

Not on display
Further information

Marlene Rubuntja is one of the printmakers working through Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. Rubuntja was born in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), but grew up at Amoonguna comunity to its east. Her father is the famed artist and activist Wenton Rubuntja who led the campaign for the rights of his people to settle in hte town camps of Alice Springs. Indeen Rubuntja's family, along with the Ebatarinjas and Lynches, were the first families to permanently settle in Larrapinta Vallery town camp.

Rubuntja’s fluid depictions of country through defined line work and an abstracted perspective offer an alternate view of the Central Desert landscape. In 'we love the rain you know' Rubuntja gives elegant form to the hills and vegetation surrounding her home, pared back to its most elemental details. These traceries of country are delicately rendered. Rubuntja’s style is in stark contrast to the realism of many Hermannsburg painters and brings an idiosyncratic vision to imaging the landscape of Australia’s interior.

Place of origin
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Western Arrernte/Central Desert region
etching on paper
30.0 x 30.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r corner, pencil "Marlene Rubuntja/2015"

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2015
Accession number
© the artist, courtesy Yarrenyty Arltere Artists