Jukuja Dolly Snell (c1933-2015) Jantarra, 2006 Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 90 x 90 cm RESERVED ID: #673/06
Price: $3500

    About this artwork

    “Big mob of Jurnta (bush onion) here.”

    About Jukuja Dolly Snell (c1933-2015)

    Born around 1933, one of the Kimberley’s most treasured senior artists and significant cultural leaders lived through a historically tumultuous time, shifting from her early desert life to station work and servitude, then to town camps which formed the foundation of Fitzroy Crossing. She was devoted to her family and taught them about desert life, what to eat and where to find it. Named the “Kurtal Queen” by her granddaughter, she started painting in the late 1980s and was a founding member of the Karrayili Adult Education Centre and Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency. Jukuja was one of the artists that shaped the Aboriginal Art boom in the 1990s, with a clear strong voice and determination to see her culture continue. She passed away in 2015 and leaves a legacy that continues to shine brightly. "I was born at a jila [permanent waterhole] called Kurtal. Mum took me to Balgo and then to Warnku. I was living there when my sister Wagajia took me to Sturt Creek and then back to Warnku. From there we walked to Louisa Downs Station with my family. I spent time at Bohemia Downs and Christmas Creek Stations. I used to milk the goats at Bohemia Downs Station. I was a young girl without milk, I had not yet had children when I first went there. When I paint, I paint Kurtal. I paint one country. I can’t paint other country. I have two brothers and two sisters who belong to this jila." AWARDS: 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award COLLECTIONS: Art Gallery of New South Wales National Gallery of Australia National Gallery of Victoria Artbank, Sydney IATSIS Collection, Canberra Holmes a Court Collection Edith Cowan University Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide Northern Territory University Museum and Art Gallery of Northen Territory Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia HBL Collection, Melbourne Harriett and Richard England Collection