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Garwun's homeland is in the middle of the vast Arafura Swamp in Central Arnhem Land, south of Ramingining. It is here that he paints his 'dreamings', a site known as MURWANGI, which contains a large freshwater watercourse. The narrow central section of the painting depicts two different Javanese file snakes called 'bipupan' with the water course running between them. On either side of the central section are two similar square sections that depict freshwater eel tail catfish called 'wulawarry' and a stem of a flowering weed called 'galpalm'. Between the squares and the stick that is bound to the bark panel along both of its short sides is a line of the artist's totems, which are flower-like, alternating with circular motifs that represent flying fox excreta.
Rectangular bark painting in natural earthy pigments or ochres, with a stick bound along both of its short sides. The painting is labelled with Maningrida Arts and Crafts registration R376UUO.
This collection comprises two bark paintings from Arnhem Land, two Central Desert paintings on canvas and two Papunya paintings, also on canvas. Collector, Sally Banyard, purchased the works from various Sydney Aboriginal art dealers, between 1976 and 1984.
Identified as the birthplace of the modern Central Desert Indigenous art movement, the small community of Papunya is situated approximately 240 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and is home to Arrente, Anmatyerre, Luritja, southern Walpiri, but predominantly, Pintupi peoples. Four of the artworks in this collection were painted during the formative period of the art movement which emerged around 1971. Born at Watikipinrri, west of central Mount Wedge, c1910, Kukatja elder and ceremonial leader, Mick Wallankarri Tjakamarra was one of the founders and most important, and also the oldest of the Papunya painters. Mick often used motifs representative of wild fruits and vegetables, such as the yams in his 'Sacred Yam Story' 1977, which related to the Dreamings of his country. Pintupi artist, George Tjapaltjarri, was born in the Gibson Desert c1935. An important Pintupi elder, George Tjapaltjarri painted for the Papunya Tula artists in the mid-to-late 1970s, and again from the late 1980s. Tjapaltjarri is renowned for his Tingari paintings, such as 'Tingarri dreaming at Naripuruka', 1977, which utilize traditional colours and are associated with Dreamings related to the travels of Tingari beings as they created landforms and brought Law. Born at Mereenie near Haasts Bluff c1930, Arrente and Luritja speaker, Limpi Tjapangati, was a pioneering artist of Papunya whose distinctive 'striped' style is evident in 'Moon Dreaming' 1980. This style is consistent throughout his work and influenced other artists from his community of Haasts Bluff. John Tjakamarra was born in country west of Tjukurla, c1937. He was one of the first Pintupi to encounter Europeans in the early 1960s, and a founding member and early shareholder of Papunya Tula Artists. 'Tingari Men Dreaming', 1978, is typical of much of his work which relates to the Dreaming journeys and ceremonies of his Pintupi ancestors. The two bark paintings in this collection are by two early Kuninjku artists from central and western Arnhem Land. Dangbon artist, Dick Ngulayngulay (Nguleingulei) Murrumurru, 1920-1988, painted with natural ochres on bark sheets. His figurative images were often of mimi spirits, delicately cross-hatched between solid lines of ochre in the traditional rarrk technique used in rock art. His work was featured on a first-issue stamp, released in 1982, showcasing the work of Kuninjku artists. Aboriginal artist George Garrawun, 1945-1993, of the Djardewitjibi people, resided in Maningrida, Central Arnhem Land, until his death. This collection's painting, 'Wulawarry' freshwater eel tailed catfish and 'Bipuan' file snakes at Murwangi' relate to symbolic totems of the artist's Dreaming sites. George Garrawun's prominence as an artist was emphasised by his presentation to Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, October 12, 1982.
W 605mm x H 1095mm x Dia 22mm