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Title

Baratjala

2018


Artist

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Australia

circa 1939 -

Language group

Madarrpa, Arnhem region


About

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili paints with courage and conviction. Her commanding works are imbued with an
immense knowledge of country rendered with passion. Hers is not an art of precision and exactidude,
but one of verve and vigour. Noŋgirrŋa is interested in the atmospheric effects created as country is
brought to life through the movement of wind, water or unseen forces. She is not just documenting
sites in country, but capturing the dynamism of a living landscape.
Marawili began her career as a printmaker, but in recent years has further honed her skills in painting
and dramatically altered her practice. Marawili paints alongside Nyapanyapa Yunupingu at Buku-
Larrnggay Mulka in Yirrkala and together these ladies are forging a new identity for painting in the
region. Within painting traditions of north-eastern Arnhem Land, the continual reduction of imagery in
Marawili’s work and the restraint she shows in retaining bold areas of background painting, devoid of
detailing, are courageous. While Marawili does not break with tradition, she certainly pushes at its
boundaries.


Details


Other Title

Baratjula


Date

2018


Media category

Painting


Materials used

natural pigments and synthetic polymer paint on paper


Dimensions

61.0 x 41.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2018


Accession number

108.2018


Artist information

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Works in the collection

25


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history