Yunkurra Billy Atkins
Born: about 1940
Language Group(s): Putijarra
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists
CSR Project role: Artist, contributor
Skin Group: Purungu
Totem: Partuta turkey
Biography: 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.
Photographer: Tim Acker
Photograph date: 2009
Photography copyright: © FORM
Source: Images - Catalogue
Accession ID: 20131016_FORM_MIRA_B0090_0023
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.