Artist : HELICOPTER (Joey Tjungurrayi)
Title : Wangkartu
Size/Medium : 1000 x 500mm: acrylic on canvas Painting
Helicopter has depicted his traditional country, located far to the south west of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is near Nynmi and is known as Wangkartu, named for the tjurrnu (soakwater) which was the life source for Helicopter when he was a young man travelling and hunting across the land with his family.
The central connecting circles represent the water holes Wiyali (soak water), Minyurlpa, Wangartu and Nynmi. The connecting circles at the top and bottom of the painting are white rocks called pamapa, they can be found all around this country. The many parallel lines in the painting represent the tali (sand dunes) which dominate the landscape of the area.