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Peter Marralwang

Peter Marralwanga was one of the most influential Kuninjku artists of his generation. He started to paint in the 1970s, relatively late in his life. He was a close friend of Yirawala and, at the beginning of the outstation movement, they established a camp at Marrkolidjban, where they often worked together. Yirawala taught Marralwanga how to translate his ceremonial knowledge into painting for an outside audience. The income Marralwanga gained from painting was important to the economic independence of the outstation. His spirit of inventiveness inspired the next generation of artists including Jimmy Njiminjuma, John Mawurndjul and Marralwanga’s sons Ivan Namirrkki and Samuel Namunjdja.

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Above left:
Daluk 1983
natural pigments on bark
120 x 60 cm
The Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury
Above right:
Ngalyod and yawkyawk 1983
natural pigments on bark
120 x 25 cm
The Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury

 

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