Wilfred Jupurrula Nelson ‘06244’

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Dreaming: Bush Potato Dreaming

Size: 91cm x 122cm

 Year: 1999

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Wilfred Jupurrurla Nelson lives in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs. He was born and raised here and attended the local Primary School before moving to Alice Springs to attend Traeger Park High School. He returned to Yuendumu after finishing school where he obtained a job working in the housing industry. Wilfred has been painting with Warlukurlangu artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre at Yuendumu, since 1993. He first saw his father’s brother Michael Nelson paint and liked what he saw. His other uncle, Harry Jakamarra Nelson (also an artist with Warlukurlangu), would take him bush and show him special places.

On these trips he was told the Dreaming and shown the traditional ways of his country. These stories come from his father’s side and have been passed down through the generations for millennia. They are stories that relate directly to the land, its features and plants and animals that inhabit it. Wilfred’s Jukurrpa (Dreaming) include Marlu Jukurrpa (Red Kangaroo Dreaming) and Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming). Wilfred uses traditional iconography with an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of his traditional culture.

Artwork Information

This piece was painted in 1999 and is 122cm x 91cm in size.


The “Yarla” plant (Bush Potato) is a low spreading plant with broad leaves and large pink flowers in summer that has a edible tuber resembling a potato. The concentric circles in the painting represents the plants as well as a sites associated with the dreaming. While the straight lines depicts the underground roots as well as path of the dreaming. Curved lines represents ngamana (surface tendrils). The dreaming belongs to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men.


All the artwork provided is done on with highest quality linen canvas, acrylic paints, oils and brushes ensuring the longevity of each piece of work.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 91 × 122 cm


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