Country of the spirit dog Kinyu
Country of the spirit dog Kinyu

Eubena Nampitjin

1921 - 2013 Country of the spirit dog Kinyu 2010
  • acrylic on linen
324 cm x 120 cm

The artist has painted her country south west of Balgo along the middle stretches of the Canning Stock Route. The majority of the painting shows the tali (sandhills) that dominate this country. The central circles are soakwaters. This is the country where Kinyu the spirit dog lives. Eubena would often cover Midjul with leaves so Kinyu wouldn't come out and also leave gifts of goanna for Kinyu.

As a young child, Eubena (pronounced 'yupinya') and her family lived a nomadic life, travelling, hunting and performing cermony and law in the Great Sandy Desert. Eubena's uncle and mother gave her Maparn (traditional healer) skills when Eubena was just a young girl. She became an esteemed lawwoman in the community who was consulted with on all law questions. With her first husband (the late Gimme) and family, Eubena travelled up the Canning Stock Route to Billiluna Station. From there, the group followed the mission from location to location until it established the present site at Balgo.

Eubena Nampitjin started painting with her second husband, Wimmitji, in the mid 1980s and she is now Warlayirti Artists' best-known artist. Her works show spontaneity and strength and resonate with her power of place and intimate knowledge of country. Her paintings demonstrate passion and dedication, weaving stories from the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) while telling her own personal history and knowledge.

Eubena exhibited in solo and group exhibitions (both nationally and internationally) since the beginning of her painting career and she often travelled to attend exhibition openings around the country. Sadly, Eubena passed away in 2013.

Text courtesy of Warlayirti Artists

© estate of the artist and Warlayirti Artists

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