Wipana Jimmy - FIRE DREAMING WJ1774

Wipana Jimmy Fire Dreaming Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas WJ1774


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Artist: Wipana Jimmy
Skin Name: 
Born: c.1931
Region: Watarru
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Fire Dreaming, Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu Dreaming), Minma Kutjara.



Wipana Jimmy is the cousin of Jimmy Baker (noted artist who featured in the National Indigenous Art Triennial `07: Culture Warriors Triennial exhibition) through his mother's side. She is the mother of artist, Anne Dixon Nangala.

Wipana was born bush, west of Fregon, in 1931. She first saw white man in the country around Sandy Bore and Kalpi. Her father worked on a sheep station at Mimili (Everard Park). It was here that she first met her cousin, Jimmy. Wipana's family moved to the church mission at Ernabella when she was about 8 years old and she continued living there during most of her formative years. It was at the Ernabella art centre that Wipana first became involved in art. She was taught basket weaving and batik. Eventually, Wipana moved to Fregon where she worked in the art centre until the mid 1980s. During that time she played a key role in teaching the younger folk, including her niece Kay Baker, batik, basket weaving and painting. In 1985, at around the same time that her cousin led the move to Kanpi, Wipana was part of a group that moved to an area at the base of Mount Lindsay and established Watarru. 

Wipana still lives at Watarru, where she remains an integral part of her community, including taking a leading role in the Watarru Land Management Program. Her role includes taking children out and showing them bush tucker and natural, bush medicines.


  • 2011 'Tjungu Palya - new works' - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
  • 2008 'Manta Nyangatja Pitjantatjara' Short St Gallery, Broome WA
  • 2007 'Watarru Tjukurpa' Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth WA
  • 2007 'Our Mob' Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide SA
  • 2005 'Desert Mob' Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 2005 'Art from the APY Lands' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
  • 2005 'New Work fro mthe APY Lands' South Australian Museum, Adelaide SA


  • 2007 Drawing Together, Caring for Country Award, The Australian Public Service Commission in Partnership with the national Archives of Australia and the National museum of Australia ' Kuku Kanyini'2007

SOURCE: 2007 IAD Press, Jukurpa Calender, internal image "Watarru Apu'.

Wipana Jimmy's art reflects her cultural heritage, the stories thereof and her deep and varied artistic background. She is comfortable in the use of mixed media often resulting in a delightfully textured feel in her paintings. Her art reflects the multi-dimensional nature of her culture and her stories.

Fire dreamings depicts the story of a man who is after a woman and when he cant have her he sets the country on fire and her paintings show all the tracks from her people running away from the fire to get to the waterholes.


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