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Rosie Tasman – First Love II

$450.00 inc. GST

This beautifully detailed screenprint was created by Rosie Napurrurla Tasman in 2002. Details of print and story below.

Rosie was an elder and artist living in Lajamanu in the Northern Territory. This print was created as a collaboration between Australian Art Print Network and Warnayaka Artists, a remote Aboriginal community art centre.

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  • Type: Screenprint
  • Edition: 50
  • Paper: Magnani Pescia 300gsm White
  • Size: 380 mm x 480 mm (image) and 560 x 760 (paper)
  • Printer: Basil Hall, Basil Hall Editions Darwin, NT 2002


The woman makes a Majardi , hair string love belt, and sings her love spell in to it. She knows that once her man puts the belt around her waist he will think of himself as her lover. The woman brings it for the man to put around her waist. She takes up her digging stick and her lover grabs his shield and they run away together in to the bush. They light a fire and lie alongside one another as boyfriend and girlfriend. The people of the tribe gather looking around the bush for the lovers. They run away but are seen traveling along together as a couple.

The couple can be seen twice in the bottom left hand corner as two lines. The half circle at the bottom is their wiltja (shade structure made at a camp) and the star shapes are the fires they made. The three roundels along the right side are various places they created as they travelled during the Jukurrpa (ancestral creation time).

Artist Biography: Rosie Napurrurla Tasman

Lived: c1935 – 2018

Language group: Warlpiri

Rosie Murnku Marnku Tasman (c.1935 – 2018) was a Warlpiri woman, who grew up in the Tanami Desert and walked along her story lines. She was full of dynamic knowledge about her stories, expressed in her paintings. Her depth of character and hardship she endured has caused her to produce beautiful creations of Dreamtime using colourful bold line work and dots.

When she was born her family knew only one way to travel across their vast lands and that was by foot using the stories contained in her art as a guide. The cattle industry saw the beginning of Warnayaka Warlpiri people being forced from their lands. Her love and dedication to Warlpiri Culture and ultimately her lands and family is born out in the art she created.

Rosie’s paintings have been widely exhibited in Australia and overseas. She was a finalist in the 2010 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Major Collections: National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank.

About Yilpinji – Love Magic – Prints

These limited edition prints by Old Masters from Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills) in Western Australia, Yuendumu and Lajamanu in the Northern Territory, have come about as the result of a unique cross-cultural collaboration. It has involved Aboriginal artists, remote art center staff and community organizations, a fine art print publishing house, a number of anthropologists who have specialised knowledge of these cultural groups, and two highly respected non-Indigenous printmakers.

The folio of prints by these accomplished and knowledgeable artists, men and women of ‘high degree’, explore such themes through the powerful medium of the visual arts.