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Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
122 x 61 cm
Warlayirti Artists


“I’ve been there, all around. To the living water. My mother and father take me, and all my brothers. Helicopter Tjungurrayi has depicted his traditional country, located far to the south west of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is near Nynmi outstation and is known as Ngupuwarlu, named for the brackish, salty lake which was a life source for Helicopter when he was a young man travelling and hunting across the land with his family. The many parallel lines in the painting represent the tali (sand dunes) which dominate the landscape of the area.”

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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