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Title

Marrangu


Artist

Garawan Wanambi

Australia

1965 -

Language group

Marrakulu, Arnhem region


About

Born in 1965, Garawan Wanambi belongs to Marrakulu clan. His father Munuparriwuy Wanambi, was one of the artists who worked on the historic Yirrkala Church Panels. Following his father's death when he was still quite young, Wanambi was adopted by the Marrangu clan, which is closely connected to his own Marrakula clan. His works offer innovation within the inherited clan designs of the Yirrkala region

Wanambi extends the history and practice of Yolngu painting. Whilst continuing to use natural pigments and rarrk (crosshatching), he extends the possibilities of these methods through the mixing of natural pigments to form unique colours and deliberate tonal variations. His precise geometry and complex layering of designs create a depth of field on an otherwise flattened surface and a mesmerising optical effect.


Details


Cultural origin

Marrakulu


Date

2013


Media category

Painting


Materials used

natural ochre on hardboard


Dimensions

122.0 x 84.0 cm board


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2014


Accession number

11.2014


Artist information

Garawan Wanambi

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history