Eubena Nampitjin: Various Works of Art
Eubena Nampitjin , Kinyu, Tali and other works of art
Eubena Nampitjin was born in sometime between 1921 and 1925 at Tjinndjaldpa, south west of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. She grew up near Punmu, on the Canning Stock Route, 350km inland from Port Headland, and today still regularly attends ceremony in her home country. Eubena is one of the most esteemed law women in the community, being consulted and deferred to on all questions of law. Mukaka, Eubena's mother, taught her Maparn (healer) skills before she passed away, when Eubena was a young girl. The family travelled and hunted, performing ceremonies for the upkeep of country and for their own spiritual preservation.
Nampitjin started to paint with her second husband, the late Wimmitji, in the mid 1980s and was a founding member of the Warlayirti ARtists Co-operative. Their work displayed luminous and intricate complexities and their love of arm reds, oranges and yellows continues to be Eubenai's signature today. Nampitjin blends colours with all the skill of a highly trained technician. A regal character, she is both strong and unfailingly generous. Painting is her second language and she works persistently with passion and dedication.
In conjunction with Warlayirti Artists in Balgo Hills, Western Australia, Eubena Nampitjin held her first solo exhibition at Alcaster Gallery in 1998 and has continued to exhibit regularly with the Gallery. IN 2007 Nampitjin was included in the exhibition One Sun, One Moon, Aboriginal Art in Australia held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2010 her work was included in Yiwarra Kuju; The Canning Stock Route, National Museum of Australia, Canberra and Art and Soul, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
The Works of art
The works of art represented here at the University of Canberra from Eubena depict the country south west of Balgo along the middle streches of the Canning Stock Route. The majority of the painting, in Kinyu, shows the tali (Sandhills) that dominate this country. The central circle is the tjurrnu (soakwater) named Midjul. This is the country where Kinyu the spirit dog lives. Eubena would often cover Midjul with leaves so Kinyu wouldn't come out and would leave gifts of goanna for Kinyu too.
Untitled work, also depicts the landscape familiar to Eubena. Here Eubena uses bold colours that produces a vibrant and dazzling work of art. As noted above, the oranges and yellows have become Eubena's signature motif.