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Garawan Wanambi

(Australia 1965 – )

Language group
Marrakulu, Arnhem region
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Media categories
Woodwork, Painting
Materials used
natural pigments on wood

181.0 cm high

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2014
Accession number
Yiribana Gallery
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 (2)

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

Our spirits lie in the water, 15 Nov 2014–01 Nov 2015