Eubena Nampitjin

As a young child, Eubena (pronounced 'yupinya') and her family lived a nomadic life, travelling, hunting and performing cermony and law in the Great Sandy Desert. Eubena's uncle and mother gave her Maparn (traditional healer) skills when Eubena was just a young girl. She became an esteemed lawwoman in the community who was consulted with on all law questions. With her first husband (the late Gimme) and family, Eubena travelled up the Canning Stock Route to Billiluna Station. From there, the group followed the mission from location to location until it established the present site at Balgo.

Eubena Nampitjin started painting with her second husband, Wimmitji, in the mid 1980s and she is now Warlayirti Artists' best-known artist. Her works show spontaneity and strength and resonate with her power of place and intimate knowledge of country. Her paintings demonstrate passion and dedication, weaving stories from the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) while telling her own personal history and knowledge.

Eubena exhibited in solo and group exhibitions (both nationally and internationally) since the beginning of her painting career and she often travelled to attend exhibition openings around the country. Sadly, Eubena passed away in 2013.

Courtesy of Warlayirti Artists

Language Group
Kukatja, Purtitjara, Mantjilytjarra and Wangkajunga
Date of Birth
July 1st 1921
Date of Death
March 11th 2013