(Australia circa 1907–12 Apr 1979)
107.3 x 58.4cm
Munggurrawuy Yunupingu's bark paintings are complex, many layered narratives pertaining to the creation of the Gumatj homelands in north east Arnhem Land. The diamond shaped miny’tji (sacred clan designs) are distinctive to Yirritja moiety artworks. In these paintings, the journeys and actions of ancestor beings are revealed, accompanied by motifs representing the transformation they wrought up on the landscape, such as the smoke and ash of fires, footprints, thunderclouds and rain.
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961.
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997.
Bulada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 23 Aug 1997–14 Dec 1997.
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000.
The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 09 May 2009 -.