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An image of The rain man by Wandjuk Marika

Wandjuk Marika

(Australia circa 1930 – 16 Jun 1987)

Language group
Rirratjingu, Arnhem region
The rain man
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
circa 1960s-circa 1970s
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

82.0 x 42.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Estate of Laurence Harrison 2004
Accession number
© Wandjuk Marika. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Not on display
Further information

'The rain man' was collected by the legendary Dorothy Bennett. It depicts the story of the Rain Man who came to Buckingham Bay by canoe bringing with him two catfish. He caused the rain to come in a great flood so that all the trees and grass were covered. All this water causes the freshwater turtle to come out swimming. The cross-hatching represents water and the dotted diagonal lines are hailstones.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004