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Nonggirrnga Marawili

(Australia circa 1939 – )

Language group
Madarrpa, Arnhem region
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Madarrpa, Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

138.5 x 91.0 cm (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2014
Accession number
Yiribana Gallery
Further information

In recent years a strong group of female artists have emerged within the Yirrkala community. These women have been instructed in painting by their fathers and grandfathers and taught designs that have previously been the domain of men. Their works showcase the ongoing cultural inheritance and innovation in Yirrkala. Nonggirrngga Marawili is central to this group and spent many years assisting her husband with the cross-hatching on his works before working independently on her own works.

Marawili began her career as a printmaker, but in recent years has further refined her skills in painting to become one of the most unique artists working at Yirrkala today. In 'Yathikpa' 2013 Marawili represents fire burning backwards across country. The graduation of colour within the work are quite deliberate and are achieved through the mixing of various combinations of ochre. These subtle shifts enhance the sense of movement within the work.

Bibliography (1)

Alcaston Gallery (Compilator), Nonggirrnga Marawili Yathikpa, Melbourne, 2014.

Exhibition history (2)

Nonggirrnga Marawili Yathikpa, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy, 14 Jan 2014–14 Feb 2014

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