Current Exhibition

Aboriginal Bark Painting and Larrakitj from Yirrkala, northeast Arnhem Land

Friday 1st March – Sunday 7th April 2019

Yolngu art embodies great historical and cultural significance. A collection from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka presented at Purple Noon Gallery.

Today, Yolngu continue their cultural tradition, selling their art and reviving the life and disseminating the beliefs of their ancesters.

Ochres and earth pigments are obtained from well-known deposits, then paintings are marked with brushes made from human hair.

The elders have resisted a shift to painting the sacred title deeds of their country on canvas or board using acrylic, opting instead to continue the use of nuwayak (bark paintings), or sheets of bark, and hollow logs.

What are ?arrakitj? Simply, they are memorial poles. In time past they held the bones of the dead and formed an important part of funeral rites. Today Yol?u continue their cultural tradition without the human remains. Painted (and sometimes carved) hollow stringy-bark branches, depict the geological origins of different clans and within complex geometric and latterly more organic designs, they speak of their system of community.

?uwayak (bark paintings): After the wet season deluge, ga?ayka, the Stringybark tree, is stripped of its bark which is then cured by fire, weighted and left to dryand then painted with ochres and earth pigments in red, yellow, black and white. Then the age-old miny’tji, or sacred designs, belonging to each particular artist and their clan are produced using a meticulous layering of individual strokes to produce a cross hatched pattern readable by those with knowledge as belonging to a particular estate, clan, state of water, moiety and place.

Following are the exquisite pieces in the exhibition.

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Galurrunj Marawili
‘Yathikpa’ $320

Born 1983 Clan Ma?arrpa Moiety Yirritja Homeland Yilpara

Code 2962-17
Size 95 x 33cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Naypirri Gumana
‘Buyku’ $850

Born 1961 Clan Dha?wa?u Moiety Yirritja Homeland Gangan

Code 2233-17
Size 82 x 35cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Merrklyawuy #2 Mununggurr
‘Dhatam’ $875

Born 1968
Clan Munyuku Moiety
Homeland Wa??away Code 1797-18 Size 37x 82 cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Gamaarra Wununmurra

‘Buyku’ $375

1979
Clan Dhalwa?u Moiety Yirritja Homeland Wa??awuy

Code 1456-18
Size 69 x 23 cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Manalay Yunupinu
‘Wankurra (Bandicoot Gumatj Fire)’ $390

1962
Clan Gumatj, Rrakpala group Moiety YirritjaHomeland Biranybirany
Code 612-16
Size 52 x 34cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Wanapati Yunupinu
‘Gurtha’ $750

Born 1989
Clan Gumatj, Rrakpala group Moiety YirritjaHomeland Biranybirany
Code 3781-17
Size 76 x 40cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Muluymuluy Wirrpanda
‘Duruputjpi’ $390

1959
Clan Dhudi-Djapu, Dha-malamirri group Moiety DhuwaHomeland Dhuruputjpi
Code 1031-18
Size 65 x 19cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Bandina #1 Gumana
‘Gangan’ $595

Born 1955
Clan Dha?wa?u, Nu?burundi group Moiety YirritjaHomeland Gangan
Code 2640-18 Size 74 x 28cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Munurrapin Maymuru
‘Mangalili Story’ $475

1956
Clan Ma?galili, Bela? group Moiety YirritjaHomeland Djarrakpi
Code 1124-18
Size 76 x 29cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Beyamarr 1 Munungurr
‘Ganybu’ $595

Born 1963
Clan Djapu, Balamumu
Moiety Dhuwa
Homeland Wa??away / Buku-?äl / GarrthalalaCode 1810-18
Size 33 x 69 cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

 

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Manurrapin Maymuru
‘Mangalili Story’ $475

Born 1956
Clan Ma?galili, Bela? group Moiety YirritjaHomeland Djarrakpi
Code 1123-18
Size 71 x 32cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Bandina #1 Gumana
‘Gangan’ $550

Born 1955
Clan Dha?wa?u, Nu?burundi group Moiety YirritjaHomeland Gangan
Code 2251-17
Size 74 x 28cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Makamunu Mununggur
‘Buyku’ $390

Born 1984 Clan Djapu Moiety Homeland Gangan

Code 1162-17
Size 50 x 31cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Muluymuluy Wirrpanda
‘Mana’ $450

Born 1959
Clan Dhudi-Djapu, Dha-malamirri group Moiety DhuwaHomeland Dhuruputjpi
Code 1808-17
Size 58 x 26cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

 

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Larritjpira Mumungurr
‘Djapu Design’ $585

Born 1967
Clan Djapu Moiety Dhuwa Homeland Wa??away

Code 1931-18
Size 62 x 38 cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Beyamarr #1 Munungurr
‘Djapu Design’ $220

Born 1967
Clan Djapu Moiety Dhuwa Homeland Wa??away

Code 4986-18
Size 62 x 38 cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Yimula Munungurr
‘Djapu Design’ $295

Born 1974
Clan Djapu, Balamumu Moiety DhuwaHomeland Wa??away / Buku-?äl
Code 1818-18
Size 33 x 47 cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Linda Namiyal Bopirri
‘Wayanaka ga Milminydjarrk (Oysters and Waterhole, $395

Born 1927, Language: Liyagalawumirr, Clan: Birritjama, Dhuwa moiety, Gamanydjan subsection, Ochre on bark

62 x 33cms

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Djuta Gurruwiwi
‘Gurtha’ $320

Born 1971 Clan Gälpu Moiety Homeland ?aypinya

Code 4991P-15
Size 76 x 27cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark

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Gurrundul #1 Marawili

‘Lulumu’

Born c. 1964 Clan Ma?arrpa Moiety Yirritja Homeland Yilpara

Code 6277-18
Size 17 x 112cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark hollow pole

$1730

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Larritjpira Munungurr ‘Djapu Design’

Born 1967
Clan Djapu Moiety Dhuwa Homeland Wa??away

Larritjpira Munungurr

Code 6563-18
Size 146 cm
Medium Earth pigments on Stringybark hollow pole

$2100