Yunkurra was born at Weld Springs, also known as Well 9 on the Canning Stock Route. He grew up in the country and around Wiluna, but returned north to his traditional country, which includes Lake Disappointment, Savory Creek and Jilakurru; closer to Well 24 on the Canning Stock Route. Yunkurra is a very knowledgeable senior Martu man and an authority on these important Martu places. He narrowly avoided being taken away by missionaries as a child and subsequently grew up with elderly people, learning about country in the traditional way. Yunkurra now lives at Jigalong, close to his home country. Yunkurra has been painting for longer than most Martu artists and has worked as an independent artist since the early 2000s, painting and carving. His work was selected for the 2003 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and has held solo exhibitions in 2004 (Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland), 2010 (william Mora Galleries), and 2014 (William Mora Galleries). The National Gallery of Australia has purchased his work and in 2005 he participated in an artists’ exchange program through the Wilin Centre at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. His recent collaborative animation, Cannibal Story, has also screened in a number of highly celebrated film festivals and screen events around the globe. Yunkurra has been instrumental in the establishment of Martumili Artists and continues to participate in group exhibitions.

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    76cm (W) x 46cm (H)
    Acrylic Paint
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