Minyma – Elsa Fiona Young


55.9cm x 91.4cm: acrylic on canvas

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55.9cm x 91.4cm: acrylic on canvas

Elsa Fiona Young

Elsa (Fiona) Young was born near Pungkupirri waterhole near Tjukurla in Western Australia. She lived in Docker River and Warakurna before moving to Tjukurla with her husband Adrian Young (dec), their children and extended family. Elsa is a strong Ngaanyatjarra woman, with a wealth of cultural knowledge and love for her country and family. Her paintings depict the tjukurrpa of her country around Tjukurla and Warakurna through beautifully intricate explorations of line and space. Elsa’s work is sought-after by collectors and buyers alike around Australian and internationally.


Minyma pirni (many ladies) are sitting down in the shelter of the wiltchya (windbreaks) they have built from the branches and grasses found in the desert. They have been digging for water at the soaks on the lake. They are involved in women’s business at Lake Hopkins. This is Elsa’s country, where her grandmother lived a traditional nomadic life. It was her grandmother who taught her the stories that she uses as inspiration for her paintings.