From a remote location 300 kms north-west of Alice Springs a thriving art movement began at Yuendumu in the early 1980s. In the same way that Papunya artists translated ancient Jukurrpa (Dreaming) narratives and Kurruwari (designs) onto canvas with acrylic paints in the '70s and '80s so too did Yuendumu artists adapt to this modern means of artistic expression. Their talent as natural mark makers meant that printmaking was also an appropriate artistic medium so many senior artists were eventually taught basic skills in etching.
Established in 1985 Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.
Warlukurlangu Artists is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings and limited edition prints. The art centre has a national and international profile and its art has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.
Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.