Jillian Nampijinpa Brown
Aboriginal Warlpiri woman
Jillian Nampijinpa Brown grew up in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs. Jillian has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 1999. She paints her father’s Jukurrpa, Dreamings that relate to her land, its features and animals. These stories were passed down to her by father, who received them from his parents. Jillian uses an unlimited palette and traditional iconography, at the same time developing a contemporary individualistic style to depict her traditional Jukurrpa.
The country associated with this 'Ngapa Jukurrpa' (Water Dreaming) is Mikanj - a watercourse west of Yuendumu, which is usually dry. Mikanji is an important water Dreaming site, and features in at least three different Water Dreaming tracks.