Jimmy Mawukura Nerrimah Wayampajarti, Great Sandy Desert WA, Australia, Circa 1924-2013


Jimmy Nerrimah was a Walmajarri man. He was born around 1924 at a jiwari (small billabong) and his country surrounds Wayampajarti jila (permanent waterhole) in the north western area of the Great Sandy Desert. Mawukura grew up moving between the main waterholes in his country and was nearly a man when his father took him to the station to escape a very large fire that was burning around Tapu. It was a time when many people moved into the stations due to droughts and bushfires. He went through law at Lumpu Lumpu and then went back to the desert. Mawukura eventually left the bush, possibly in the early 1960s, and spent most of his time working on Nerrimah Station.

Mawukura's paintings depict men's law and sacred stories, ceremonial songs and dances from the Great Sandy Desert. Other themes include the main jila (permanent waterhole) and jumu (soakwater) in the Great Sandy Desert, Tapu, Wayampajarti, Nyimpi, Wili and Kumpujarti ngapa (his father's country) and Kumpujarti jila (where his father was killed).


Mawukura's works are held in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. His works are held in the collections of Sir James and Lady Cruthers, Artbank, Westfarmers Ltd., Ian & Sue Bernadt, Levy Kaplan Collection (Seattle) USA, Thomas Vroom Collection (Amsterdam), and private collections in Germany, UK and Australia.