Kaliny-kalinypa (Honey Grevillea) by Rene Kulitja (920x610mm) Acrylic on Canvas

Kaliny-kalinypa (Honey Grevillea) by Rene Kulitja (920x610mm) Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: X1583-18

920x610mm Acrylic on Canvas



Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for
the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.
In a part of the country where the Northern Territory meets the states of Western and South Australia there is a special place called Pukara. Rene
is related to it through her father’s grandmother and she describes a series of waterholes there where the water is sweetened by the flowers of the kaliny-kalinypa or honey grevillea plant.
Kaliny-kalinypa is a special favourite with children and they suck the sweet nectar straight form the long cone shaped flowers. Alternatively the women collect the flowers in bowls and mix them with water to produce a sweet drink.


About the Artist

Artist : Rene Kulitja

Born : 1958

Language : Pitjantjatjara

Date : 15/01/2018

Community : Mutitjulu, NT

Rene grew up in Ernabella and Amata in the north of South Australia before marrying and moving to Docker River and later Mutitjulu. Her
parents Walter Pukutiwara and Topsy Tjulyata, were acclaimed wood carvers and founders of Maruku Arts. Rene is a member of the NPY
Women’s Council Executive, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and a past member of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of
Joint Management. Rene was also a founding director of Walkatjara Art and a current director and previous chair of Maruku. Rene spends much
of her time travelling as both artist and advocate for her people.

  • About Maruku Arts

    For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation, owned and operated by Anangu. Approximately 900 Aboriginal artists belonging to over 20 remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts, make up the collective that is Maruku. Our purpose is to keep culture strong and alive, through art, craft and organic experiences.