This sketchbook features the work Kalyjali, by Yulparija artist Weaver Jack.
Weaver Jack, whose skin name is Milangka, is a Yulparija speaker who was born in c. 1928 at Lungurang, a jila (place of living water) in the Great Sandy Desert. This work reveals a brilliant exploration of layering with diverse range colours that energetically dot and grid the surface of the canvas to create a dense yet lively and shimmering pattern. The title of the work Kalyjali, refers to what the artists calls ‘the old people’s place, where everyone stopped’. Weaver Jack’s brother and mother both passed away at this important place. Weaver Jack was one of the first to experiment first with acrylic on paper and then canvas.
NGV design store has produced an exclusive collection of Australian-made homewares and accessories featuring artworks from the NGV Collection, in celebration of NAIDOC Week 2022. NAIDOC Week is an annual event that celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
Dimensions: 17.7 x 25 cm
Made in Melbourne and designed exclusively for the NGV design store.
Yulparija c. 1928 – 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
140.7 x 100.0 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Supporters and Patrons of Indigenous Art, 2004
© Weaver Jack, courtesy of Short Street Gallery, Broome