Artist Profile

Sarah Daniels




Kukatja, Walpiri and English


Sarah is one of the highest Law women in the community, being consulted and deferred to on all questions of Law. In addition, she is the custodian along with her two sisters Mitjilli and Nancy Naninurra, of their traditional land called Minna Minna, located north of Lake Mackay in the Northern Territory. In her formative years Sarah and her family travelled and hunted, performing ceremonies and Law to look after their country, 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 Sarah had her first contact with non-Aboriginal people.

When she was a young girl she left her bush home with her husband Charlie Tjupurulla and first child Jeanie and headed to Mount Doreen Cattle Station located in the Northern Territory, 50klm west of Yuendumu.  It was there that she had a further three children Peter, Veronica and Linda who all bear the surname Daniels.

Sarah and her family moved to and have resided in Balgo community since 1971. Continually painting for Warlayiriti Artists, her career has continued to grow from strength to strength. Sarah has a unique painting style: each work comprises of multiple layers, each shrouding a Tjukurrpa (dreaming) that is unable to be observed by the eye. She has a certain spontaneity and strength of brush mark that only an elder could achieve, leaving rhythmical tracks across the canvas. Each painting resonates with the power of place and intimate knowledge of country that Sarah 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.


2013 Fresh, Emerging talents of Indigenous Art, Queenscliffe, Victoria    
2012Watermark - The signature of Life, IDAIA , HONG KONG
2011Warlayirti Artist, Desert Mob Exhibition, Alice Springs, NT