Artist : HELICOPTER (Joey Tjungurrayi)
Title : Ngupawarlu
Size/Medium : 1200 x 600mm: acrylic on linen 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.
Helicopter has a vast knowledge of the waterholes around his traditional country. From left to right he has depicted Tarltu, Nguny-Ngunypa, Kirringpa, Ngupawarlu (salt water), Pirlilimarlu, Kukulyurr and Yirrawirli. The many parallel lines in the painting represent the tali (sand dunes) which dominate the landscape of the area.