Desert Dreamscapes: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings
from the
Collection of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan at the Holter Museum of Art, Page 2





Walganbuggsa Rockhole, Eubena Nampitjin, 59” x 39” Balgo, 1995

Eubena Nampitjin along with her husband Wimmitji Tjapangarti (now deceased) developed “a unique style of complex dotting in a warm palate of reds, oranges, and yellows.” In the years since her husbands death Eubena like many of her fellow Balgo artists has moved further away from the prevalent desert approach to infilling her designs with discrete dots, towards creating highly textured surfaces, often with a thick application of acrylic paint, fusing her dots into rich textural passages of color. This has become a hallmark of her later work and is distinctly recognizable as stylistically Balgo.

Eubena’s bold use of color is always sensual, highly feminine, downright sexy even — exaggerated variants of colors prevalent in the Australian landscape as filtered through Eubena’s personality. Her subject matter like that of many women painters at Balgo is generally important waterhole sites, in the deep desert country in which she came of age, the surrounding topography and the bush foods she and her female relations gathered there. In this painting she has shown her country with its hills and creeks. Bush tucker is also depicted as well as an important rockhole site (the concentric circles).