Artist(s): Yunkurra Billy Atkins
Date created: 2008
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Artwork Story: This painting shows two different chains of waters in the artist’s Country leading towards Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment). The larger black circles on the left of the painting depict ‘rubbish one waterholes, green one [algae] killed the water’. The smaller circles in the white line of Kupayiyura (Savory Creek) have been kept clean.
Location depicted: Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment)
Artwork copyright: ©2013 Yunkurra Billy Atkins
Catalogue ID: BA/195/MM
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use
Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2008-09-06
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
born about 1940
Putijarra language group
Purungu skin group
Yunkurra practised as an independent artist in the early 2000s, before other Martu artists were painting commercially. He is also a carver. His work was selected for the 2003 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, and in 2004 he held his first solo exhibition. Yunkurra was born at Palarji (Well 9) on the Canning Stock Route. While he avoided being taken away by missionaries as a child, his sister’s story of escape from missionaries was told in the film Rabbit-Proof Fence.
Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0065
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.