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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Imitjala Curley's - My Country
Imitjala Curley is closely connected with Walytjitjata, her mother, Puni Puni's country. It is a small homeland just over the Northern Territory border about 46km north of Kalka. Imitjala has said - Tjitji tjuta, this is part of the Minyma kututja story of Walytjitjata.
Diana James recorded this story in the Kaltjiti Arts Book, 'Painting the song'. The Minyma Kututja and her husband had many children. 'They travelled to Umutju, (east of Waltjitjata), they told their mother, we're going back home with our brother, the mother sang a song to send them away. At Umutju they turned into stone and are still there today'.
Size: 153cm x 153cm
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen