MAKURA, 2009

Important Australian Aboriginal Art
17 March 2021


(c.1938 – 2011) and (1937 – 2018)
MAKURA, 2009

synthetic polymer paint on linen

152.0 x 122.0 cm

bears inscription verso: artist's name, community, date and Spinifex Arts Project cat. C858

$5,000 – 7,000
Sold for $9,818 (inc. BP) in Auction 63 - 17 March 2021, Melbourne

Spinifex Arts Project, Tjuntjuntjara Community, Western Australia
Marshall Arts, Adelaide 
Private collection, Adelaide

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Spinifex Arts Project which states in part: ‘Bill Anderson teamed up with Roy Underwood to paint Bill’s father’s country Makura. Bill was born to the north east of Spinifex and came down into the spinifex area as a young, initiated man. He is highly knowledgeable about a range of areas and employs Roy here to lend a hand with both iconographic detail and story, thus creating a powerful piece of work.

Makura is a sacred place east of Irrunytju. Bill indicates that Makura is the site of a young boy’s initiation ritual hence there is little detail that can be elaborated upon here…. The roundel represents the rockhole Makura, the background, dark blue shapes represent the female relatives who are sitting as part of the initiation business.’