LIRRIWARTI, 2002

The Laverty Collection - Part III
Sydney
5 April 2017
96

NYUNJARN CHARLIE NUNJUN

(c.1920 – 2009)
LIRRIWARTI, 2002

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

179.0 x 120.0 cm

Estimate: 
$3,500 – 4,500
Provenance

Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing (cat. PC2 52/02)
Raft Artspace, Darwin
The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Sydney, acquired from the above in January 2003

Exhibited

Murrkunkura Ngarrankarnijanka Ngurrara, Raft Artspace, Darwin, 7 – 29 March 2003

Literature

Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting from Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities: The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, 2008, p. 193 (illus.)
Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting from Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities: The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, edition II, Kleimeyer Industries Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 2011, p. 205 (illus.)

Catalogue text

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing that states: ‘This place is called Lirriwarti. Wilupilya came to this place from Pajpara. He started fighting with another man, a Jangala. They speared themselves and they became lame. They were fighting over a woman, a Nuparula. She was promised to Wilupilya but he found that she had already had two children to this other man. He got wild and threw the children onto the ground. The children died and his wife stayed there. Wilupilya came back to the jila (permanent waterhole) here at Lirriwarti. This was his ngurra, his camp. He walked out from here.’