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"Honey Ants" By Christine Brumby

Christine Brumby

"Honey Ants" By Christine Brumby


  • 35cm by 25cm
  • Acrylic paint on canvas

Christine Brumby was born in Areyonga community, and grew up in Docker River. Christine now lives in Mutitjulu community with extended family and near her father's traditional lands.

Coming from a long line of artists, she is also an experienced tour guide and enjoys sharing stories of her country with visitors to Uluru. This includes showing them around the cave paintings and explaining how her family long ago would paint symbols and images from the Tjukurpa (Dreamtime Law) using ochre pigments. She says they used to have only four colours with these natural pigments, but now with acrylic paint the palette is much more vibrant!

Christine enjoys painting the Tjukurpa stories of the region, building on these cave-painting traditions and incorporating her own unique style,

She paints the stories of the Mala people, Kuniya & Liru and the Seven Sisters, passed on to her from her family.

About the artwork

In this painting, Christine paints the honey ant. The honey ants can be found deep underground. Women will go out to hunt for honey ants, finding their underground tunnel systems and digging as deep as a metre to find them. Honey ants can usually be found underneath a Mulga tree. By being delicate with the ants, the honey is sucked from their sacks with care to ensure the ant lives and that you are not bitten. The ant can then continue collecting honey.