Desert Studios

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Martumili Artists Desert Studios

tel: (08) 9175 1020 | email: martumili@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au | web: www.martumili.com.au


About Martumili Artists paint from 7 different places, Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji, Parnpajinya (Newman) and Warralong. These towns and desert communities are now home for many Martu, many of whom maintained an entirely independent, nomadic desert lifestyle up until the late 1960s. Paintings tell stories of country traversed, special meeting places, waterholes and are an integral part of the passing of knowledge from those pujiman (traditional) days.

Even now, life shifts like desert sands, people continuously moving between places as work, family and other commitments require. For Martumili Artists, there is always a place to stop for a while, have a cup of tea, paint, share stories and spend time learning from each other. It’s not unusual for an elder to be quietly singing in language as they paint and there is always a jarntu (dog) or two around. Canvas is primed, paints are mixed - the ‘art shed’ is so much more than the name implies – it is a bustling, lively, working studio.




Parnngurr Parnngurr (originally known as Cotton Creek) is located in Karlamilyi (Ruddall River) National Park, within Martu Country, 370kms drive from Newman. Martu Elders set up the community in the 1980s, in a movement known as ‘Back to Country’. Currently around 140 Martu call Parnngurr home. Parnngurr is where Martumili started. After years of meetings and wangka (talking), Martu artists formed their art centre, Martumili (belonging to Martu). The Parnngurr art shed has been a crucial place of creativity, hosting some of the most significant collaborative paintings, Martumili’s most prolific artists can be found there, along with plenty of jarntu (dogs)!



19-897 | Thelma Judson

Linyjalangu Acrylic on arches paper 65 x 50 cm $650

21-738 | Thelma Judson

Ngalyawirltily Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $495

19-970-2/4 | Wokka Taylor

Untitled Wood carving print 29 x 39 cm $270

SOLD

20-1298 | Kumpaya Girgirba Kunawarritji (Canning Stock Route Well 33) Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm

$495

21-835 | Corban Williams

21-823 | Jenny Butt

$820

$450

Kaalpa (Route Well 23) Acrylic on canvas 36 x 76 cm SOLD

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm


21-322 | Wokka Taylor

Wungkakurlu Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $580

21-683 | Muuki Taylor

Kulyakartu Box Canvas Acrylic on linen 30 x 30 cm $315

21-628 | Derrick Butt

Kulyakartu Acrylic on linen 106 x 152 cm $3545

SOLD

21-54 | Kumpaya Girgirba

Kunawarritji (Well 33) Acrylic on canvas 61 x 91 cm $1665

21-838 | Corban Williams

Kaalpa (Well 23) Acrylic on canvas 46 x 76 cm $1050

SOLD


19-73 | Noreena Kadibil

21-225 | Raylene Butt

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $200

Granddaughters at Parnngurr School Acrylic on canvas 91 x 61 cm $1100 20-1071 | Wokka Taylor, May Wokka Chapman, Nyanjilpayi Chapman

Collaborative Acrylic on linen 125 x 300 cm $11,250



Jigalong Jigalong was established in 1907 as the site for a maintenance and rations store for workmen constructing the Rabbit Proof Fence, and was converted into a camel breeding site in the 1930’s before finally becoming a Christian mission in 1947. For many Martu, Jigalong Mission was the site where their pujiman (traditional, desert dwelling) lifestyle began to change from the late 1940’s onwards. Rations of flour, sugar and tea became available, and in amongst a long drought, this was very appealing over the daily intensive labour of preparing traditional bushfoods. From this time, Martu mostly transitioned to a life as stockmen and women working in cattle stations in the Pilbara region and beyond. Today, Jigalong is the largest of the Martu communities and artists are painting about mission days and surrounding country such as Puntawarri, Jillukurru and the Rabbit Proof Fence.


21-971 | Heather Samson

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 76 cm $330

21-978 | Tanya Charles

Untitled 46 x 61 cm Acrylic on canvas $505

SOLD

21-908 | Marianne Burton

Punmu waterholes Acrylic on canvas 36 x 76 cm $685

17-870 | Miriam Atkins

Palyanya Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm $1000

20-140 | Miriam Atkins

Untitled Gauche on archers paper 65 x 101 cm $1,181

SOLD


21-564 | Heather Samson

21-660 | Denise Atkins

Old Jigalong Acyrlic on canvas 51 x 61cm

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 61 x 61 cm

$373

$595

21-813 | Moranda Burton

Waterhole Acrylic on canvas 36 x 61 cm $305

21-529 | Helen Samson

Jigalong Acrylic on canvas 36 x 61 cm $550

14-599 | Hayley Atkins

Bush Trip Acrylic on canvas 46 x 76cm $250

SOLD



Kunawarritji Kunawarritji, the farthest community serviced by Martumili, lies 860kms from Newman and is an important site in the Great Sandy Desert. Originally a spring, Kunawarritji was converted to a well (Well 33) as part of the Canning Stock Route, built at the turn of the 20th century. Long before colonial history encountered this country, Jukurrpa (dreaming) stories dominated this site. Many pioneering Martu artists have lived and worked in Kunawarritji, including the infamous Nora Wompi (dec.), Nora Nungabar (dec.), and the highly esteemed Bugai Whyoulter. Kunawarritji is a site of return, a place where still today, people come back to continue their life in the desert.


21-634 | Cyril Whyoulter

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $415

20-800 | Phillip Nyaparu Bell

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $660

15-586 | Bugai Whyoulter

Parnngurr Community Acrylic on canvas 76 x 122cm $3700


11-758 | Phillip Nyaparu Bell

Untitled Watercolour on paper 56 x 76cm $851

19-592 | Bugai Whyoulter

21-490 | Cyril Whyoulter

Punmu Acrylic on linen 61 x 91 cm

Wantili (Well 25) Acrylic on canvas 61 x 91 cm

$2200

$1390

SOLD



Parnpajinya Parnpajinya (Newman) is a small Aboriginal community adjacent to the mining town of Newman. With a population of 7,000 people, Newman acts as a service hub for many of the remote communities, and is the base of Martumili Artists operations. In 2016, after working from two small dongas at the back of the East Pilbara Shire, Martumili moved into a purpose designed studio and gallery. A state of the art building where artists, families, community members and visitors can enjoy the art that is created on Martu Country, and exhibited worldwide.



20-2 | Desmond Taylor 21-194 | Judith Anya Samson

Tuwa in Puntawarri Acrylic on linen 91 x 122 cm $2775

SOLD

Niminjarra (mother) Acrylic on arches paper 75 x 105cm $1575


21-915 | Janita Angie

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $230

21-254 | Pauline Williams

21-736 | Curtis Taylor

Emu Export Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm

Kunawarritji Rockholes Acrylic on linen 91 x 91 cm

$330

$1490

SOLD

21-561 | Curtis Taylor

Keens Curry Powder Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $660

SOLD

21-703 | Attaya Angie

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm $335


21-974 | Marlene Anderson

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 76 cm $490

21-906 | Robina Clause

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 76 cm $490

21-551 | Jason Tinker

The Centre of Australia Acrylic on linen 91 x 122 cm $2220

SOLD

21-603 | Jason Anthony

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $230



Irrungadji Irrungadji community (Nullagine) lies along the Nullagine River, the site of many Jukurrpa (Dreaming) narratives including the Minyipuru (Jakulyukulyu, Seven Sisters). The Minyipuru passed through this area. Carved on a rock just outside of Nullagine is Yurla, the relentless pursuer of the sisters, eternally watching them. Another set of famous sisters who call Irrungadji home are Amy French and Lily Long. These two strong, feisty women are committed to sharing the Warnman stories of Karlamilyi Country, and are inspiring a generation of young people in Irrungadji to follow in their footsteps.


19-71| Lily Jatarr Long

Karlamilyi Acrylic on canvas 61 x 91 cm $1,600

19-25 | Amy French

Punmu warla (lake) Acrylic on canvas 90 x 60 cm $1600

SOLD

20-376 | Amy French

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $580

15-851 | Helen Samson, Lily Long

Karlamilyi Acrylic on canvas 124 x 152cm $5600




Punmu Punmu is situated in the north of Karlamilyi (Rudall River) National Park, on the edge of Ngayartakujarra (Lake Dora), a very important and captivating warla (salt lake). Martu Elders set up the community in the ‘Back to Country’ movement in the 1980s, as the community sits close to many important water sites. Punmu has inspired many significant paintings based around the warla Jukurrpa and the traditional knowledge of the important waterholes and sites around the community. Senior artists based in Punmu are working hard to pass knowledge of culture and Country to younger generations, keeping the community strong and the country healthy.


21-956 | Julia Burton

21-123 | Victor Yulyampi Burton

Wilarra Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $230

SOLD

18-1228 | Nyanjilpayi Chapman

Kalaru Acrylic on arches paper 66 x 52 cm

$415

$960

21-705 | Jeremy Sammy

21-802 | Danita Wise

Waterholes Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm

$230

$200

SOLD

21-769 | Morika Biljabu

Karnakalu Pupapupajunu Acrylic on canvas 61 x 91 cm $775


19-477 | Mulyatingki Marnay

Wilarra Acrylic on linen 36 x 61 cm $760

21-759 | Bianca Simpson

Wilarra Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $330

21-907 | Karen Rogers

Untitled

Acrylic on canvas 36 x 76 cm $490

21-767 | Gladys Kuru Bidu

Wantili (Well 25) Acrylic on canvas 46 x 76 cm $630

21-847 | Jakayu Biljabu, Gladys Bidu

Wantili (Well 25) Acrylic on canvas 61 x 91 cm $2220



21-751 | Danielle Booth

21-981 | Marnie French

$230

$200

Bush Tucker Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm SOLD

21-749 | Beverley Rogers

Kurturarra Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $230

21-274 | Roxanne Newberry

Circus Waters My father Country Acrylic on linen 76 x 122 cm $1670

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm SOLD

21-752 | Christine Thomas

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 46 cm $230



Warralong Warralong community was established as an offshoot of Strelley Station, with its residents holding strong ties to its pastoral history, including the famous 1946 Pilbara strike. The closest of the communities to the coast, Warralong is surrounded by lush waterways and grassy spots to camp The community is centred around the school, which is where the Warralong artists set up to paint. Martumili Artists such as Biddy Bunawarrie, Lorna Linmurra, Mary Rowlands, May Mayiwalku Chapman and Doreen Chapman all call Warralong home, often painting between there and Marble Bar. These lively wantis (women) love to take the Martumili staff camping and fishing when they can!


21-427 | Elizabeth Toby

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 76 x 152 cm $2080

21-591 | Ngamaru Bidu

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 cm $445

21-865 | Lorna Linmurra

Rockhole Acrylic on linen 76 x 152 cm $2310

21-590 | Ngamaru Bidu

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 cm $445

SOLD


21-830 | May Wokka Chapman

21-815 | Biddy Bunawarrie

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm

$980

$700

$450

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm

21-979 | Shennielle Sambo

SOLD

21-824 | Doreen Chapman

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm $700

21-825 | May Wokka Chapman

21-816 | Biddy Bunawarrie

21-812 | Mary Rowlands

$980

$700

$505

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 cm

SOLD