Waynatjura Bell

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DOB: c. 1940
Born: Tjutjuranyara (Circus Waters Rock Hole), WA


Waynatjura Bell was born c.1940 at Tjutjuranyara rockhole. Waynatjura has family in Warakurna and Docker River. Wanatjura paints with Warakurna artists, carves purnu for Maruku and weaves for Tjanpi weavers.

Warakurna is a remote community situated on the Great Central Road in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia, approximately 330km from Uluru near the border with the Northern Territory. The township of approximately 180 people is nestled amongst the spectacular Rawlinson Ranges in the Gibson Desert, close to the Giles Meteorological Weather Station.

Warakurna has a long history of artistic expression. In March 2005 the Art Centre studio was opened amid much enthusiasm and excitement. The Art Centre is fully owned and governed by Aboriginal people and provides services to artists living in and visiting Warakurna and the nearby community of and Wanarn.
Warakurna Artists is an energetic, creative and happy place, where men and women, young and old, paint and share Tjukurrpa (traditional law and culture) and contemporary stories. Passing on these important stories to young people is a critical means of keeping culture vital and strong. The Art Centre plays an important role in the community, providing cultural and social benefits in addition to economic returns.

Waynatjura was one of six artists who created the 'Lasseter History Story' artwork, which was a finalist in the 26th Telstra National Aboriginal Art Awards. It has since been acquired by the National Gallery on Victoria.

Tjutjuranyara:
This painting depicts Waynatjura’s birthing place Tjutjuranyara (Circus Waters Rock Hole). There is a special story associated with the rock hole. Minyma kutjarra (two women) were camping at the Tjutjuranyara rockhole. They collected kampurarrpa (bush raisins) and with a flat stone and round stone ground the little fruit into a sticky paste. They then rolled the paste into balls to eat.

Collections

  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Awards and Recognition

2009 26th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist (jointly with other 5 artists for collaborative work)