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Collection

Garawan Wanambi

(1965 – )

Title
Marrangu
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Marrakulu
Year
2013
Media categories
Woodwork, Painting
Materials used
natural ochres and pigment on hollow stringy bark log
Dimensions

181.0 cm high

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2014
Accession number
12.2014
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Exhibition history (1)

Garawan Wanambi, Niagara Galleries, Richmond, 07 Nov 2013–30 Nov 2013