Yinjaa-Barni Art, a not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation, is governed by its own Aboriginal board and run by an executive manager. It consists of a group of talented artists who predominantly belong to the Yindjibarndi language group and whose ancestral homelands are around the Millstream Tablelands in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
In the Yindjibarndi language Yinjaa-Barni means ‘staying together’. At the art centre this finds its expression in the artists’ enjoyment of working together and in their artworks, which, through their visual language, provide a rich and meaningful way of bridging cultures.
The Yinjaa-Barni artists have strong individual styles although all share the common desire to depict what is dear to their hearts – their country, their culture and the plant life that is typical of their region. The older artists have become highly regarded and collected, while the younger painters are quickly making their names. Their artworks have been awarded prizes in regional and national competitions, shown in national and international galleries and have found their way into public and private national and international collections.
Yinjaa-Barni Art is located in a heritage-listed cottage on the main street of Roebourne, a small town between Karratha and Port Hedland in Western Australia’s Pilbara region in the north-west of the state.
Maudie Jerrold's - Yiliway
Yiliway. When the rainy season comes the dark storms surround the country, pouring down rain. When the rain splits up into little groups that will leave the sign of the rainbow colours.
Size: 98cm x 101cm
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Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Melissa Sandy's - My Design
My Design. In her recent series of black and white works Melissa is interested in exploring painting using only two colours on a textured surface. She says: "It's a nice change from my big coloured paintings. I spend a lot of time thinking about the painting so i can get it right from the start. I like to start with a clear idea of what i want to do. If i don't get it right, i wont touch it until i know where i want it to go, and that might take days of looking and thinking. I have to have the vision of the painting clear;y in my mind. When the experiment has gone right i love it, and i know that the buyer will love it and cherish it, makes it worthwhile - to make someone else happy."
Size: 91cm x 91cm
Medium: Acrylic/Texture on canvas
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Gladys Roberts's - Ngayuku Ngura-My Country
Glady's paintings are inspired by the traditional country around Fregon on the APY Lands. The contemporary interpretation of this vast, energetic and vibrant landscape creates a narrative of landforms and colour. Typical features are the long ridges of low sandhills. Rock-holes-irregular, circular shaped depressions in the rocks - fill with water when it rains.
The sandhills are interspersed by vast, flat plains of spinifex and native grasses which are criss-crossed by dry creeks lined with river red gum eucalypts. The patchwork effect of the land and the creeks which flood during heavyrain is changeable. The intense 'red' of the earth,however is enduring.
Size: 122cm x 153cm
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen