Kurtal - living waterhole
Kurtal - living waterhole

Jukurja Dolly Snell

1933 - 2015 Kurtal - living waterhole 2012
  • acrylic on canvas
180 cm x 120 cm

Mum took me to Balgo and then to Warnku. I was living there when my sister Wagajia took me to Sturt Creek and then back to Warnku. From there we walked to Louisa Downs Station with my family. When I paint, I paint Kurtal. I paint one country. I can't paint other country."
Jukuja Dolly Snell


Jukuja Dolly Snell was born at a jila (permanent waterhole) called Kurtal around 1933. She spent time at Bohemia Downs Station and Christmas Creek Station. As a young girl, before she had children, she used to milk the goats at Bohemia Downs Station.

Jukuja's paintings depict Mangarri (bush tucker) and plants, Kurtal jila (living waterhole), jilji (sandhills), Marrajati, Kilan Kilan and surrounding country in the Great Sandy Desert. She was married to fellow artist Nyilpirr Spider Snell, whose work is also represented in The Wesfarmers Collection.

Source: Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

© Jukuja Dolly Snell and Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

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