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Title: Kirriwirri, 2011 

Medium: Acrylic and sand on canvas
Image Size: 75cm x 75cm
Certificate of Authenticity

Short Street Gallery provenance

Jan Billycan (c1930 - 2016)

  • Jan grew up around the Percival Lakes. She has strong ties to Kiriwirri, the place where she was born and the Country of her father’s clan. In the 1960’s she was picked up by extended family and taken to Bidyadanga, where she lives today. Jan is a respected maparn (medicine woman) and has been painting since 2003. She returned to her Country for the first time in 2006.


    This is the birthplace of my father’s clan. The people in our clan are also called Kiriwirri.

    Kiriwirri jila lies within the Percival Lakes, or warla Country, a chain of salt lakes that runs for hundreds of kilometres across the desert, intersecting the stock route near Well 39.

    Kiriwirri is home to people from many language groups, including Yulparija, Wangkajunga, Manyjilyjarra, Nyangumarta,  Mangala and Juwaliny speakers.


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