Dob: Circa 1928 - 2017
Region: Alhalkere, Utopia
Area: Boundary Bore
Kuddtji, pronounced ‘Goobbiji’ also called 'Goob' was born around 1928 at Alhalkere, at Utopia Station, North of Alice Springs. He is one of Australia's leading Aboriginal artists who began painting in the early eighties after the art movement at Papunya was inspired by " Geoffrey Bardon. He is custodian of his country situated approximately 230 kms northeast of Alice Springs. He is the younger brother of renowned artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye from Utopia. Kudditji began painting in the early 1980’s in the technique called 'Dump Dump', made famous by his sister Emily. Kudditji is custodian of sacred sites around Utopia. ‘My Country’ paintings often depict Boundary Bore, where Men’s business takes place.
In his younger life, Kudditji had numerous jobs throughout the Central Desert, travelling widely and working as a stockman, and at other times working in mines. Kudditji's work has become recognised now throughout the world.
LINDA NAMIYAL BOPIRRI
Linda Namiyal Bopirri
Region: Central Arnhem Land
Community: Ramingining Nr Guruwarna
Linda Namiyal Bopirri, a respected Elder in her Community and of the Galwanuk-Liyagalawumirr people. Born at Djilingirrimirr in central Arnhem Land and brought up in Yolngu culture. Bopirri lived in Ramingining, a community that lies east of Darwin in Arnhem Land. She is one of the first women to paint on bark — a skill she learned in the early 1990s through assisting her late husband, Tony Djikululu (1938–92). Since her husband’s death, Bopirri has continued to paint, often painting the site of Gurruwana, which is sacred to Wititj, the Olive Python.
Some of her art is in the collection of Sylvia Kleinert, co-author of ‘The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture’.
Linda’s work is in numerous collections including; the Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands; Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery; and private collections throughout the world including the Arnaud Serval Collection, Paris.