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Paddy Japaljarri Sims – Yanjirlpiri (Seven Sisters)

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Paddy Japaljarri Sims was a co-founder of Warlukurlangu Artists and an outstanding painter who created vibrant, colourful acrylic artworks about his country and Jukurrpa (Dreamings/ancestral creation stories).

This print depicts the Warlpiri story of the Seven Sisters who formed the Pleiades Constellation (details below)

Paddy was a First Nations artist from Yuendumu, 300 km north west of Alice Springs in Central Australia.

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  • Type: Etching – Sugar lift painting, deep bite, aquatint and relief roll on two plates
  • Edition: 99
  • Paper: Magnani Pescia 300gsm White
  • Size: 325 x 490 (image) x 560 x 760 (paper)
  • Printer: Basil Hall, Basil Hall Editions Darwin


Yanjirlpiri, meaning ‘star’ in Warlpiri is the place for this Dreaming. There is a collection of rock clusters there, which are stars that came down to earth to rest on the ground. It is an important place for initiation ceremonies and part of this Jukurrpa or Dreaming is closely associated with secret sacred business. Seven Dreamtime Napaljarri women (known astrologically as the Pleiades) are being pursued by a Jakamarra man (the Morning Star in Orion’s belt). The women travelled from Purrpala to Yaripilangu and onto Kurlunyalimpa near Yanjirlpiri. Here in a final attempt to escape the Jakamarra they become fire and ascend to the heavens to become stars. They can be seen in the night sky today, forever just out of reach of the Jakamarra. This Dreaming belongs to Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri and Nungarrayi women and much of it cannot be disclosed to the uninitiated. This is another version (a Warlpiri one) of the Nakarra Nakarra Dreaming of the Kukatja.

Artist Biography: Paddy Japaljarri Sims

Paddy was a founder and active member of Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu in Central Australia, Northern Territory from when  it was established in 1989 until he passed away.

The artist was paid royalties in full at the time the print was editioned.