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Dickie Minyintiri

(Australia 1915 – 23 Sep 2014)

Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region
Title
Wati wiilu-ku inma Tjukurpa
Place of origin
Pukatja (Ernabella)South AustraliaAustralia
Year
2011
Media category
Painting
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions

100.0 x 170.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Accession number
282.2011
Location
Yiribana Gallery
Further information

Dickie Minyintiri was born at Pilpirinyi in Western Australia and spent his childhood travelling across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, camping for many years in the foothills of the Musgrave Ranges near Ernabella. He remembers the first non-Aboriginal person coming to Ernabeila and the subsequent establishment of the mission in 1937. After years droving as a shearer and shepherd, Minyintiri is now one of the most important elders of the Ernabella community and a renowned Ngangkari (Healer).

Minyintiri began painting for Ernabella Arts in 2005, first painting on paper and more recently on canvas. His works have been included in numerous group exhibitions from Ernabella since 2006. Ernabelia Arts Inc. is a community-based artists' association established in 1948. It is only in recent years that the Ernabella artists have taken up the medium of acrylic on canvas, being renowned for their work on batik for many decades. The art centre mission statement is to provide 'a place where elders, young women and men practice and develop our art, in order to sustain, support and promote our cultural heritage, and to improve the lifestyle of our community's members.'