Kirriwirri, 2006

1 Jan Billycan (born c1930)
Kirriwirri, 2006
synthetic polymer paint andnatural earth pigments on linen
101.5 x 76.5 cm
inscribed verso: artist’s name, size,date, Short Street Gallery cat. 11530
Sold for $12,000 (inc. BP) in Auction 15 - 21 July 2010, Melbourne

Provenance

Short Street Gallery, Broome
The Collection of William and Lucy Mora, Melbourne

This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Short Street Gallery, Broome, which reads: ‘This place is the birthplace of my father’s clan. Our clan is also named Kirriwirri and we call each individual members of this clan Kirriwirri. There is a big warla (mud flat) at this place. This is what the painting is about. Kirriwirri is in the Great Sandy Desert close to and west of Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route. It is the birth place of Jan and her family. This work shows tali (sand dunes) and jila (living water).’