Nardaparli Latest Prints, New Year 2022

New Print Dec 25 2021 "Summercloud Whales" Full size 60 X 90 CM Print $500 A2 Print 40 x 62 CM $250, 100 per cent cotton fine art paper, A limited edition of 50 signed and numbered prints is available.

Summercloud Whales Notes: “One day my mother called me and I looked out on Summercloud bay and all I could see was tails flapping. 90 pilot whales had beached themselves on the sand. We walked up to them and looked them in the eye and told them. ‘You will be all right, you’re coming home now’. My mother told me. The whales have come in to walk on the land. It’s the old people coming home. My mother was always standing there, smoking and looking outside to the bay.” There is a lot more deep meaning to all of Nadaparli’s paintings. But even the surface story is of great depth. “The stench of the dead whales came through the whole community. It was a real overpowering smell. They had to be buried. This was a time when the community was run by white managers and we were not allowed to leave the mission. We used to swim in the creek behind the beach. For many years we walked from the creek to the sea and we could feel the spirits of those whales and you could hear those whales. We were not allowed to walk where those whales were buried out of respect. We would wash ourselves in the saltwater and our parents would ask us where have you been walking and they were glad that we washed the smell of the creek from us. That saltwater has cleansed you and made you pure.”

New Print Dec 25 2021 "Seven Sisters Dreaming" Full size 60 X 90 CM Print $500 A2 Print 40 x 62 CM $250, 100 per cent cotton fine art paper, A limited edition of 50 signed and numbered prints is available.

Seven Sisters Dreaming Notes: This painting came from Nardaparli's visit to Kings Canyon where the seven sisters began their journey. This was a very important spiritual journey for Nardaparli. The seven sisters were chased by a bad spirit and as each one was killed their spirits went into the galaxy and can be seen today as the pleiades constellation of stars. Nadaparli paints as if she is in the stars looking down. This painting provides us with a unique perspective of this ancient story and re-connects song lines between the South Coast of NSW and the desert communities of the centre of Australia.

Booderee Stingrays Full size 60 X 90 CM Print $500 A2 Print 40 x 62 CM $250, 100 per cent cotton fine art paper, A limited edition of 50 signed and numbered prints is available.

Booderee Stingrays Notes “While painting the stingrays my memory was from my childhood swimming. I was looking down watching the the mother sting rays and their babies swimming below.” Booderee Stingrays is one of the most iconic images of the Jervis Bay region. (See https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/6151450) It was painted to commemorate the 1995 Wreck Bay Land Rights legislation that transferred the Wreck Bay Mission to Aboriginal ownership and the return of 6312 hectares to Aboriginal ownership creating Booderee National Park and Booderee Botanic Gardens. The original painting was used as a poster for Booderee National Park and those posters are actively sought after. However, after it was painted the original painting disappeared for many years and was only returned to the family after being found in the basement of a Wollongong house. The authenticity of the original painting, which was verified by Vida, is indicated by the chipped bottom right hand corner of the painting. Now a limited number of high quality prints is available for sale. The story of this painting is deep. The tracks around which the stingrays swim are the primordial pathways of Yuin people dating back thousands of years when the ocean shore was many kilometres to the east. It symbolises the bond between the Yuin community and the land and seas.

Budawang Burning, Full size 60 X 90 CM Print $500 A2 Print 40 x 62 CM $250, 100 per cent cotton fine art paper, A limited edition of 50 signed and numbered prints is available.

Budawang Burning Notes: When the 2020 bushfires ravaged the south coast of NSW, Nardaparli remained in her Wreck Bay community and watched as the mountains turned red. Many evacuated. Nardaparli saw more than just the fire. She saw the deep spirits of the mountains in the flurescent red glow from Gulaga (Dromedary) to Didthul (Pigeon House) mountain. She also saw spirits rising up from the ocean around her. Her Budawang Burning painting is an icon of 2020. Nardaparli made these comments about her painting. "It's a true painting. It's what I and we as a people and all of the Yuin nation see." "There was fire everywhere you looked". "The women are the fire keepers. They are able to carry the spirit of the dolphins up into the sky and galaxy and they continue on in their journeys protecting all of mother nature's glory" "When Europeans first came to the Shoalhaven they were hungry and they went out in a rowboat and shot at the dolphins.. when our women heard this they picked up rocks and hit themselves and wailed and wailed.. " "When the fires were raging.. the spirits were showing their shapes and forms.. during the fires all my people were taking photographs showing the spirits they were coming out of the trees and everywhere.." "..they are too strong.. especially at sunrise and sunset.." "When we visited Uluru the old ladies said "why do you come all this way from Booderee and see these spirits and have this spiritual connection straight away.. its because we are in tune with our mother". "We looked down the coast and the black smoke and white smoke and flames.. .. it was something I have never experienced before in my life.. I hope my grandkids don't have to go through that.. but its going to get worse.. people are playing around with things they shouldn't be..." "We've been burning the right way for thousands of years.. we've always taken care of the land.. " "Didthul.. that's tear drop dreaming.. when she cries.. after there's been no rain for a long time.. she cries and fills up all the rock pools.. that's sacred water.. thats where we women go with our babies.. men's places are around too, but not on that mountain.. its tricky hey" "Didthul is shaped like a woman's breast.. she's related to the northern stories of the sisters.. I don't know how I know all this.. I have the ear and the passion to listen to the old people telling stories and when I am doing my artwork I can feel them guiding me.. and I am thinking I can't stop this painting.. I want to keep on going.." ".. all the stories of the sisters up north they are connected to our stories here.. Gullaga lake is water from the central desert.. thats why it has the best oysters in the world.. an elder from the Central Desert told me that.. she said that's a big story.."

Nadaparli’s paintings are an inspiration for the Aboriginal people of the South Coast and the wider community. In 1995 Nadaparli completed the famous stingrays painting which celebrated the beginning of the joint management of Booderee National Park by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and Environment Australia. Her murals adorn the Wreck Bay school. Nadaparli has recently finished a mural at the Wreck Bay Primary School and kindergarten. The story is of the gift of three cycles of hunting, life and prosperity: “Beewingmurramungoo (Sea eagle) watches over the minjeke (skyes) and Gupo (waters) ,being carried by Goorama the( Winds) Looking for Ngjullie ( Foods ) Hunting Ghundinjar( Whales) Traveling their Ngjullie (Feeding) trails through the Gupo (Oceans Waters) keeping the song lines moving with Nature Sharing it. Respect for Life. Murrum(Fish) Cleaning the Gupo (Oceans ) Floors and Sea Beds that Help make all Life Happy and Well. Look After Your Ocean Gardens, for You are the Gate Keepers YUGRANG NGULLA, MOTHERS HEART BEAT.”

Nardaparli's paintings are available as signed limited edition prints on 100 per cent cotton fine art papers. They are available in two sizes A2 40X62cm $250 and full size 60X90cm prints for $500. To order your print, please email: peter@peterbotsman.com with your order. . Note there are some interruptions in supply of high quality fine art papers. Part of the proceeds of each painting are donated to Breast Cancer Research and to the ongoing work of the ISX. To order your print please clearly indicate which print and size and the number of prints you would like in an email to: Dr. Peter Botsman, Voluntary National Secretary, ISX at peter@peterbotsman.com with your order. An invoice will be sent to you and when it is paid the prints will be created and forwarded to you. After the invoice is paid we can usually turn around prints quite quickly (within a week depending on the time of year). Prints may be picked up directly from Arthead, Moss Vale, NSW or for an additional cost mailed in a tube to you throughout Australia or internationally. Framing is also available through Arthead, Moss Vale, NSW and a framed print can be mailed for a further additional cost.

Biography: Vida “Nardaparli” Brown was born at Berry Hospital, one of thirteen children to her namesake Vida Brown I and George Brown. Vida says her mother always talked about “Budawang” people. Vida lives and paints at Wreck Bay Aboriginal community. Those who treasure the natural beauty of Jervis Bay have much to thank the Brown family. Vida's father George Brown was one of the Yuin leaders who halted disastrous environmental developments including the creation of a major naval base at Jervis Bay in the 1980s and the development of a nuclear power plant in the 1970s. George championed his people's land rights for decades and was one of the principal advocates for the Wreck Bay Land Rights legislation that transferred the Wreck Bay Mission to Aboriginal ownership and which returned 6312 hectares to Aboriginal ownership creating Booderee National Park and Booderee Botanic Gardens in 1995. On her mother’s side Vida is related to Agnes and Jimmy Johnston and her great grandfather and great grandmother were King Mickey and Queen Rosie of the Illawarra. Vida's brothers and sisters are actively involved in the self determination of the Wreck Bay community and are active participants in the Aboriginal Community Council. The Brown family are custodians of traditional stories of Jervis Bay. The Brown family's paternal links are to the Yuin people from Wallaga Lake to the Shoalhaven River. On Vida's mother's side she is related to the Illawarra, Gweagal and Bundjalong peoples. On her mothers side Vida is the great grand daughter of Rosie Burragalong-Davis and Mickey Johnson. They were known as King Mickey and Queen Rosie of the Illawarra in the 1890s - however Mickey Johnson was a Bundjalong man from the Clarence River area of northern New South Wales. Rosie was the daughter of Paddy Burragalong Davis known as the Chieftain of the Illawarra tribe and Biddy Giles who was a senior member of the Gweagal people of the Georges River and Botany Bay. Vida's great, great aunt Ellen Anderson (nee Burragalong-Davis) recounted many traditional stories in early compilations of South Coast Aboriginal language and stories. Ellen with her husband Hughy travelled the country in the 1890s from Maloga Mission on the Murray River to Kangaroo Valley (where they tried to start an independent community) to Kiama and ultimately the Georges River Flats in Sydney. Also see https://www.workingpapers.com.au/papers/saltwater-dreaming For more on Ellen and Hugh Anderson see Allison Cadzow & Heather Goodall, Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal People on Sydney's Georges River, UNSW Press, 2009

Vida painting at home at Wreck Bay with her grand son


Photograph Peter Botsman Print production: Arthead Moss Vale, NSW,