Artist Profile

E. Nampitjin

1st July 1921 - 11th March 2013

Tjintalpa, north of Jupiter Well


Kukatja, Purtitjarra, Mantjilytjarra and Wangkajungka


Eubena (pronounced “yupinya”) is the best known of Warlayirti Artists’ many artists. In her formative years Eubena and her family travelled and hunted, performing ceremonies and Law to look after their country in the Great Sandy Desert, as well as for their own spiritual preservation. Nomadic life was harsh and most of her extended family had passed away or moved to other parts of the country by the time Eubena had her first contact with non-Aboriginal people. Mukaka, Eubena’s mother, together with her uncle, gave her Maparn (traditional healer) skills when Eubena was just a young girl. As an esteemed Law woman in the community, she is often being consulted and deferred to on all Law questions.

Eubena along with her first husband (the late Gimme) and family travelled up the Canning Stock Route to Billiluna Station. From here, they followed the mission from location to location until it established the present site at Balgo. At the mission Eubena and Gimme helped Father Piele with a Kukatja dictionary. Today Eubena is one of the few people who maintain a full vocabulary of the Kukatja language.

Eubena started painting with her second husband Wimmitji in the mid 1980s. She has a spontaneity and strength of brush mark that carves the paint, leaving rhythmical tracks across the canvas. Her work resonates with the power of place and intimate knowledge of country that Eubena has been able to maintain throughout her life. Painting is like her second language and she paints persistently with passion and dedication, weaving stories from the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) as well as her personal history and knowledge.*Eubena has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions (both nationally and internationally) since the beginning of her painting career, and has often travelled to attend exhibition openings around the country.


2013         Marrka Wangka - Warlayirti Artists, Moree, NSW    
2013Traversing Borders: Art from the Kimberley, QUT Art Museum Brisbane, QLD
2012Watermark - the Signature of Life, IDAIA, HONG KONG