Cheyenne’s rain-inspired art headlines at the Perth Fringe Festival exhibition

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Artist Cheyenne Phillips at Yinjaa-Barni art group.
Camera IconArtist Cheyenne Phillips at Yinjaa-Barni art group.

A young talented Roebourne artist has headlined an exhibition at the Perth Fringe World Festival showcasing her artwork as the exhibition’s signature piece.

Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi artist Cheyenne Phillips, 20, displayed her artwork, Seasons, at the 2020 Ngurra Nyingu Art Exhibition in Perth last month.

Ms Phillips said she was inspired to paint Seasons, one of her first paintings with the Yinjaa-Barni art group, after rain fell in the region.

“Rain just livens that whole place up,” she said.

“You can see really nice bright colours of green and see a bit of the wild flowers off in the distance.

“Pretty much what I wanted to do was capture the colours of each different season.”

Ms Phillips said she had only been painting for about two years and did not expect to be part of the exhibition.

“I am so proud of myself,” she said.

“It’s always really nice to see that people like your stuff.”

The name of the exhibition Ngurra Nyingu means “We are from this country” in the language of the Ngarluma people, who are the traditional owners of the Roebourne area.

The Woodside sponsored exhibition, now in its second year, saw artwork from the Roebourne, Yinjaa-Barni, Cheeditha and Juluwarlu art groups as well as individual Roebourne artists.

Woodside vice-president of Pluto, FPSOs and Wheatstone Mike Price said he was proud to see a growing number of Roebourne artists skills and passion showcased to the world.

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