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Turbo Brown

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Region: Murray River

Trevor Turbo Brown (1967-2017) paints the niave world of birds and animals, painting with energy and freshness. Turbo had a difficult upbringing, suffering from intellectual disability, homelessness and substance abuse. His art took him into a world of hope and joy with a deep empathy for the natural world.

Walala Tjapaltjarri

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Walala Tjapaltajarri was born in the Gibson Desert east of Kiwirrkura in 1960s. In 1984 he was one of nine people from his Pintupi family group who walked into Kiwirrkura after 20 years separation. His connection to ancestral lands is shown in artworks of Tingari sites linked to Dreaming law.

Walangkura Napanangka

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Region: Kintore

Pintupi artist Walangkura Napanangka (c1946- 2014) was born west of Kintore in the Gibson Desert. Her flowing paintings reveal the ceremonial sites on the journey of an Ancestor woman through her country. Her spiritual maps refer to the locations where women still gather to celebrate the ancestral creation journey.

Wentja Napaltjarri

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Region: Mount Liebig

Wentja Napaltjarri (1945-2014) walked into Mt Liebig with her family in the 1940s. Her father Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi became one of the original Papunya artists. Like her sister Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, Wentja paints the great Pintupi stories and locations that they travelled through on their desert exodus.

Willie Kew

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Willie Kew (c1930-2016) is named Luurn after the Creation Kingfisher spirit that made the ancestral waterhole at Nyirla, the artist’s birthplace along the Canning Stock Route. Kew uses ochre paints to tell the story of Luurn bringing the people to Nyirla and creating the underground water source there.

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala is a Pintupi artist from Kiwirrkura, the daughter of Papunya Tula artist Anatjari Tjampitjinpa. Her paintings of her birthplace Mukula south-west of Jupiter Well, clearly mark the iconography of landmarks and sites used by her people for ceremonial rites connected to Tingari ancestors.

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Yondee Shane Hansen

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Region: South West Western Australia

Yondee Shane Hansen is a Noongar artist who records the stories and ground paintings inherited from his grandparents. He brings stories of Noongar culture to life through his contemporary artworks. He paints the Fire and Water cycle that brings the land into balance.