Spider Namirrki Nabunu
1924 - 1973
Spider Namirriki Nabunu was active from the 1960s, when he was living and working at Kunbarlanja (Oenpelli). This painting was acquired in 1960 by Dr Stuart Scougall and gifted to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004
Mimi, a spirit people, holding a corroboree, in ancestral times
natural pigments on bark
85.0 x 51.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Not on display
© Spider Namirrki Nabunu, Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Australian Aboriginal art: bark paintings, carved figures, sacred and secular objects: an exhibition arranged by the State art galleries of Australia, 1960-1961:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 17 Aug 1960–18 Sep 1960
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane Oct 1960–Oct 1960
- National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Melbourne Nov 1960–Dec 1960
- Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth Feb 1961–Mar 1961
- National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Apr 1961–Apr 1961
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart May 1961–Jun 1961
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997
L'Art des Aborigènes d'Australie, Musée de Cambrai, France, 13 Sep 1998–23 Nov 1998
Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004
Referenced in 3 publications
Edmund Capon, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 25 (colour illus.).
Frederick D. McCarthy, Australian Aboriginal art: bark paintings, carved figures, sacred and secular objects: an exhibition arranged by the State art galleries of Australia, 1960-1961, 'Introduction', pg. 7-17, Sydney, 1960, 11, 18 (illus.), 30. cat.no. 88; plate no. 17
Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 38 (colour illus.), 227.