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Wangkartu by HELICOPTER (Joey Tjungurrayi)
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Artist : HELICOPTER (Joey Tjungurrayi)
Title : Wangkartu
Size/Medium : 900 x 600mm: acrylic on linen Painting
Helicopter has depicted his traditional country, located far to the south west of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is near Nynmi and is known as Wangkartu, named for the tjurrnu (soakwater) which was the life source for Helicopter when he was a young man travelling and hunting across the land with his family. The two diamond shapes in the centre of the painting represent Nyila and Nyakirn, which is part of the Waru Tjukurrpa (Fire Dreaming).
The many parallel lines in the painting represent the tali (sand dunes) which dominate the landscape of the area.