Artist : HELICOPTER (Joey Tjungurrayi)
Title : Wangkartu
Size/Medium : 450 x 300mm: acrylic on linen Painting
Helicopter has painted some of his country south of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert, named Wangkartu after the Tjurrnu (soakwater) featured in the centre of the painting.
Wangkartu is an Inta (living water) so always contains drinking water. The parallel lines in the painting represent the tali (sandhills) that dominate the country. This is where Helicopter was born, and is his father’s and grandfather’s country.
The dots are bush tucker, fruit trees, apple trees. It is Mangarri (food).