An image of Djerrka at Gurka'wuy

Wolpa Wanambi

(Australia 06 Jan 1970 – )

Gurka'wuy, Arnhem region, Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Marrakulu, Arnhem region

Djerrka at Gurka'wuy

Not on display
Further information

Wolpa Wanambi's works are distinguished by their precision, controlled painting technique and combination of figurative elements within fields of refined miny'tji which are drawn from her Marrakula clan. While many women painting at Yirrkala today are known for their innovation within tradition, Wanambi consciously adheres to the miny’tji and style of painting passed on to her by her father. This is admirable and results in her works being more closely aligned to the work of male artists of her father’s generation, than the work of her female peers.

The art work documentation for this works states;
“The dots represent Stringybark blossom sitting on the surface of small fresh spring water rivulets running over the rocks through the escarpment in the hilly country behind Gurka’wuy known as Yanawal. It also refers to the boomerangs carried by Wuyal. The sacred Stringybark tree which was cut by Wuyal and flowed with honey is named Waṉambi. Obviously, this is the surname of the artist.”

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Marrakulu, Arnhem region
natural pigments on wood
200.00 x 14.00 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors’ group 2019
Accession number
© Wolpa Wanambi