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An image of Ngalyod - the rainbow serpent by Jimmy Njiminjuma

Jimmy Njiminjuma

(Australia 1947 – 02 Oct 2004)

Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region
Ngalyod - the rainbow serpent
Place of origin
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)Western Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
circa 1985
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

232.0 x 112.0 cm (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1989
Accession number
© Jimmy Njiminjuma. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Yiribana Gallery
Bibliography (7)

Michael Fitzgerald., Time (Pacific edition), 'Rock Spirits: From the natural sandstone galleries of western Arnhem Land, an ancient art tradition makes thrillingly contemporary twists and turns', New York, 11 Oct 2004, (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art', pg. 208-241, Sydney, 1999, 225 (colour illus.).

McClintok, Spin On, Sweden, 1995.

Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 76 (colour illus.), 229.

Paul S.C. Tacon, Aratjara: art of the first Australians, 'The Power of the Image among the Past and Present Peoples of Arnhem Land', pg. 127-196, Dusseldorf, 1993, 153 (colour illus.), 334. 19

Luke Taylor, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘Painting Djang: Art and inspiration in Western Arnhem Land’, pg. 85-91, Sydney, 2007, 84 (colour illus.).

Look, 'Close-Ups of the Collection', pg. 6, Heidelberg, Dec 1997, 6 (illus.).

Exhibition history (6)

Aratjara: art of the first Australians:

Bulada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–14 Dec 1997

Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004

Mumeka to Milmilgkan, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 02 Nov 2006–15 Dec 2006

One sun, one moon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jul 2007–02 Dec 2007

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