Face mask featuring Aboriginal Artist Eunice Napanangka Jack- Kuruyultu- Ikuntji artist NT
- Titled Kuruyultu,
- off white and red clay tone with a black linen reversible side.
Ikuntji Artists was the first art centre established for women of the Western Desert art movement. It was started at Haasts Bluff by the Luritja women as their own enterprise to earn money and continues to be a place for women and men to learn and share their culture through art.
Eunice was born in 1940 at Lupul in the Sir Frederick Ranges. When Eunice was a little girl, and like so many other Aboriginal families at the time, shortages of food forced her family east towards the ration stations set up in central Australia. She remembers the travels with her family very vividly and refers to it as when her mother carried her piggyback all the way from Western Australia to Haasts Bluff.
Eunice is well known for her hunting skills, dancing, and traditional law knowledge. Eunice started painting with the opening of the Ikuntji Women’s Centre in August of 1992. Eunice’s paintings are interpretations of her country near Lake Mackay. She uses layers of colour to build up a vision of the bush flowers and grasses. Amongst this landscape, Eunice’s personal stories are told, either of the travellings of the tjukurrpa (the Bilby) or the people who once lived in the area. With a slew of highly collectable works, Eunice is represented in leading galleries worldwide.