Art in Profile - August 2015

Billy Japaljarri Hogan

<strong>Billy Japaljarri Hogan</strong><br/>b.c. 1925, Lajamanu, Northern Territory – d. 2002<br/>Warlpiri Language<br/><br/><i>Ngalyipi [Bush vine]</i>1992<br/>Acrylic on canvas 116 x 162.5cm<br/>Acquired by purchase from Warnayaka Art Centre Community exhibition for the CDU Art Collection, 1992<br/>Charles Darwin University Art Collection – NTU147<br/>Image © the artist’s estate

Ngalyipi [bush vine] is represented in this distinctive painting by curved lines that reflect the manner in which the vine grows along the trunks and limbs of the desert oak (kurrkara) trees. Snake vine has many utilitarian uses in Warlpiri society and it  also carries great ceremonial significance for Warlpiri people.


Snake vine can be used to make shoulder straps for water carriers (ngami) and wooden food bowls (parraja), and can be applied as a tourniquet for headaches. It is also used to make a ceremonial wrap. Warlpiri Tjukurrpa or dreaming narratives refer to ancestral women gathering the bush vine. The Ngalyipi Tjukurrpa is also associated with initiation ceremonies for young men.


This artwork by Billy Japaljarri Hogan, Ngalyipi, was acquired from a community exhibition held by Warnayaka Art Centre of Lajamanu that was held at NT Open College, Rapid Creek, 1992.

Ngalyipi is currently on display in Building Orange 1.2 Office of Learning and Teaching.

This work was chosen to highlight the CDU Art Collection this month as it complements the current exhibition at the CDU Art Gallery, Warlpiri Drawings – Remembering the Future, which is on display from 6 August – 23 October, 2015. Find out more about our exhibition and upcoming public programs here

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