Jan Billycan


Born: c.1930
Language Group: Yulparija
Skin: Karrimarra
Region: The Kimberley



Jan Billycan (Djan Nanudie) grew up in Ilyarra country. There are jila (living water) in this country including Karrparti, Kawarr, Jurntiwa, and Wirrguj. Other places include Dodo, Kartal, Kiriwirri and Yukarri. When Jan was young she walked all around these places with her parents. Jan says, "in living water there is a quiet snake. Sometimes he rises up, but we sing him down sometimes he can travel and bring rain. Ilyarra is my country Ilyarra, where I grew up. Lots of tali (sand dunes) and jila in this country. This big dog country."


Places In The Heart, Leta Keens, Qantas Magazine, October 2011 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-17/indigenous-art-funds-scholarships/2904404
Art Monthly, New Innovation, Nein Schwarz, September 2011
The Australian, 'Traditional Themes Mine New Materials', 15 August 2011
Yiwarra Kuju catalogue, National Museum of Australia, 2010
Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors
"Canning Stock Rout Project in Bejing Olymic Expo- Summary Report", listing 10 articles written in Chinese newspapers and editorial, 2008
The Age Newspaper, Dreamtime Designers, Bruce Elder, March 15 2008
"Cultural Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial Catalogue", National Gallery of Australia
The Canberra Times, "Weapons of a culture", October 20, 2007
The Age, "Longtime coming", October 20, 2007
'Tribal Landscapes', Clive Aslet, Financial Times, July 7/8 2007
Koori Mail, "Snap Shot of Cultures", October 2007
The Australian, "Look Whose Been Framed Now", 17 March, 2006
The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art, 2006
Painting Country-A West to East Journey World Expo Aichi, Catalogue. July 2005
The Australian Financial Review Magazine "Art Direction" June 2004
The Age Newspaper "Yulparija show their colours:" April 19 2004
The Australian Newspaper, "West Coast's Late Bloomers" April 2004


National Museum of Australia
Queensland Art Gallery
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Felton Collection
Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
Laverty Collection
Dr Ian Bernhardt Collection
William Mora Collection
Sam Barry Collection
Harvey Wagner Collection, USA
Dr Ian Constable Collection
Myer Collection
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
Canning Stock Route Project Collection
Big River Collection
Wesfarmers Collection
Leslie Walton Collection
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Queensland Art Gallery


2010 Hedland Art Awards - 'Most Outstanding Work'
2011 Winner Western Australian Artist, West Australian Indigenous Art Award
2011 Hedland Art Awards 'Best Work by an Indigenous Artist'