Lot 53 


Marinka Marshall 

122 x 71 cm
Acrylic on canvas
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About the Artist

A Pintupi woman, Marinka came to Haasts Bluff as a very small child, was schooled at Papunya and later worked for the then station managers house as cook and cleaner. Marinka is a half sister to Narputta Nangala, her father was Tjalakuny, and Narputta played a big part in raising Marinka, in her own words, ‘Narputta grew her up’. Marinka shows great vivacity in her works, utilising bright colours creating a rich active design, each colour representing another bush tucker plant. A celebration of the richness of the food varieties naturally avaliable in the central and western deserts. Since Marinka began painting she has rapidly developed a following for her extraordinary painting style.

About the Work

Marinka frequently paints abstracted depictions of her tjukurrpa, the Kalinykalinypa, or Honey Grevillea plant, which grows in spinifex areas, it is sweet tasting and easily recognisable by its bright orange flowers. The delicious nectar is sucked from the flower as it is drawn through the mouths of eager children.

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