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Yunurr (Spring Creek)
1991

Medium
earth pigments on canvas
Measurements
60.5 × 100.4 cm (comp.) 61.3 × 101.2 cm (framed)
Place/s of Execution
Perth, Western Australia
Accession Number
2010.360
Department
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 2010
© Rover Thomas/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 14
Level 3, NGV Australia
Thomas has painted Yunurr, near Spring Creek junction in Gija Country, on Texas Downs Station where he worked as a stockman, mustering cattle. There is a long hill at Yunurr where an ancestral snake travelled in the ngarrangkani (Dreaming) and made a spring by urinating. In the centre of the work, Thomas represents Red Fire or Kilfoyle Hill as a rounded, squarish shape bearing loose yellow dotting that stands out on a black ground. The red-ochre angular section in the bottom left corner indicates the road for cars near the hill.