Christine Yantumba

Background Info

Date of Birth: 8/02/1986

Totem: Emu, Black Duck, Red Legged Devil Man

Language: Kugu, Thaayorre

Clan: Thaayorre/Kugu

Biography

Christine Yantumba is a freshwater woman from the Thaayorre and Kugu clans.  Her father's homeland is Purp and her mother's is Top Holroyd. Her totems are the Emu, Black Duck and Red Legged Devil Man.

“I was born in Pormpuraaw and have lived here all my life. I love camping and fishing with my family. I really love swimming in the freshwater at our homeland Purp.

There is a big Rainbow Serpent story at Purp. There is always water in a big, long pool there and in the middle is a large rock. The Rainbow Serpent broke that rock when he was trying to squeeze past it. He then took off with some of the broken rock on his head. Christine started working at the Pormpuraaw Art Centre when it opened in 2005.

She paints, prints and creates sculpture using ghost net. Painting is her favourite art form and this is the medium she uses most. Christine is one of the few artists we have who paints dots to create small decorative patterns. Her work celebrates her culture, community and country.

Group Exhibitions

2019 CIAF - Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal , Cairns QLD
2018 CIAF - Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal , Cairns QLD
2017 Australia: Defending the Oceans - United Nations Exhibition, Musée d’ethnographie de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2017 Australia: Defending the Oceans - United Nations Ocean Conference, New York USA
2017 Australia: Defending the Oceans - Paris Aquarium,Paris, France
2016 Tabba Nabba - Oceanic Institute, Monaco
2013 Artists from Pormpuraarw, Queensland: New Ghostnet Weavings & Paintings - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2012 Pormpuraaw Art- Permanent Display 2012 - 2018 - Canopy Art Space, Cairns QLD
2010 CIAF - Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - Tanks Art Centre, Cairns QLD

Collections

National Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC

Bibliography

2018 Pormpuraaw : stories, art, language. [Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc.] Pormpuraaw, Qld : Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc © 2018
2016 Pormpuraaw: Cultural Uses For Plants. [Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc.] Pormpuraaw, Qld : Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc © 2016

Themes

Fish and ocean animals

Mediums

Acrylic on Canvas

Print Making

Acrylic paint on plywood

Ghost net, Plastic Trellis and Twine.