#7 Thorny Devil Lizard - LOUISE NUMINA : Aboriginal Art: 137 X 94cm
ARTISTS: Louise Numina
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - Utopia North Central Desert region
TITLE: Thorny Devil Lizard
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
This is the story of the Thorny Devil Lizard.
The dots represent the thorny skin and the tracks the Lizard makes as it crosses the desert in search of food and water. The different colours reflect how the lizard changes its skin colour with the changing temperature of the sun and when under threat.
Not only does the Thorny Devil Lizard make good eating, because of its spines, it makes an ideal hairbrush.
Louise is one of six sisters and three brothers. She went to primary school at Stirling Station, near Tennant Creek. She later studied at Yirara College in Alice Springs. When she returned to Stirling Station she worked with a Community Development Program in 1981 and was taught to paint by her Aunties, renowned artists Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre from Utopia..
Louise moved to Darwin in 1995 where she studied at Nungalinya College and attended Northern Territory University (now CDU) where she gained a diploma in fine arts.
Louise’s work has featured in exhibitions in Darwin and Sydney and her work has been collected internationally by art lovers, institutions and collectors for over 15 years.
See Louise Numina's 'Profile & Collections' page for further information and to see more of her artwork.