Jilji (sandhills)
Jilji (sandhills)

Nyilpirr Spider Snell

- Jilji (sandhills) 2007
  • acrylic on canvas
180 cm x 120 cm

Nyilpirr Spider Snell was born around 1930 at Yurramaral, an important jila on the southeastern side of the Cannning Stock Route in the Great Sandy Desert. He came from the desert when he was already a young man and quickly developed strong stockman skills on Christmas Creek Station. Nyilpirr was among the 50 artists and claimants who collaborated on the great Ngurrara Canvas prior to National Native Title tribunal hearings in 1997. In 1998, he danced on the canvas at Parliament House in Canberra, ACT. Painting themes depicted in Nyilpirr's work include bush tucker and Dreamtime stories, Kurtal jila (permanent waterhole), Kurraralya, Yirrumarl, Pilalu, Yarriyari and Wijal Wajal near Walpapakal in the Great Sandy Desert.


Source: Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

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