Exploring the Vibrant Dreamtime of Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson's "Sand Dunes"

As an aspiring artist I am constantly fascinated by the Indigenous Australian art we have here at Art By Farquhar. I recently had the privilege of delving into the captivating world of Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson's "Sand Dunes." Born in 1959 at the Mount Barkley Cattle Station, now known as Yuelamu, Maureen is not only an accomplished artist but also an artist that will be well known for generations to come. Maureen's artistic journey is steeped in the traditions and stories passed down through generations. Her paintings, showcased in exhibitions and in galleries all over Australia including our online Virtual Exhibition "Sand Dunes of Central Desert". We are excited to be able to share Maureen's "Sand Dunes" Collection with over 60 Original Paintings.

Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson's captivating artwork "Sand Dunes" draws its inspiration from the breathtaking landscape that defines her hometown in Yuelamu  the old Mt Allen Pastoral located to the Northwest of Alice Springs in the Tanami Region. These sand dunes, known as "Tali" in most Central Australian Aboriginal language groups.

As an Elder of her community Maureen knows the landscape well, gaining an intimate understanding of its nuances and secrets. Maureen possess a wealth of knowledge about places that provide sustenance, water sources, healing remedies, and refuge. This deep connection to the land is a cherished aspect of Indigenous culture, passed down from one generation to the next as a valuable inheritance.

The story has even been passed down to her daughters Gwenda Turner Nungarrayi and Julieanne Turner Nungarrayi who will continue to pass on the Dreamtime Story for years to come. As well as grandson Farron Furber Jampitjinpa who paints colourful and vibrant landscapes of the country.


Maureen's "Sand Dunes" artworks not only captures the physical beauty of this landscape but also pays homage to the profound spiritual and cultural significance it holds for her and her community. Through her art, Maureen invites viewers to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of the sand dunes and to appreciate the enduring connection between Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands. Her style is always evolving and she finds new ways the share the Dreamtime Story using various techniques with dotting sticks and paint brushes.

 The spaces between these sand dunes are teeming with life, offering fertile ground for a variety of edible plants, medicines, and wildlife. Yet, other areas may appear barren, depending on factors such as water availability and soil quality. The towering height of these sand dunes often obscures the view, creating a sense of mystery about what lies beyond each hill.

One her most stunning and outstanding pieces is located on display at our Glenelg Gallery. Currently as a scroll which measures 200cm x 127cm this piece would make a statement piece for any room. Maureen has used soft pinks, oranges, creams and purples to create this stunning piece. 

Here are a few more of our larger pieces we have in our collection.

"Sand Dunes Country (Tali)" Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson 89cm x 201cm
Located at Edwardstown currently as a scroll.

"Sand Dunes" Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson 152cm x 101cm 
Located at Edwardstown currently as a scroll.

"Sand Dunes (Tali)" Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson 70cm x 198cm 
Currently stretched and located at Glenelg.


Whether you are looking for something small to fit into a small nook and cranny, something in your hall ways or fire place we have many different sizes. Our collection proudly showcases a diverse array of colours, sizes, and patterns. Colours ranging from white, creams, pinks, peaches, blues, purples, orange, yellow and everything in between each telling a unique aspect of the "Sand Dunes" story. By getting a "Sand Dunes" original painting not only are you supporting Indigenous Artist Maureen directly but also taking home a piece that has deep and ancestry meaning to Maureen and her family. 

You can see Maureens collections online our on display in her Virtual Exhibition, In Maureens Collection and in person at our galleries which are located at 1070 South Road, Edwardstown, South Australia & 2 Jetty Road, Glenelg, South Australia.

- Emily

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