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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Aurukun Cape York Queensland Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    hard-ground etching, black ink and colour roll-up on Velin Arches 200gsm white wove paper
    59.0 x 44.0 cm platemark; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet
    Gift of Rabobank Australia Ltd 2007
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Garry Namponan

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    Garry Namponan

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  • About

    This limited edition print portfolio was produced in July 2006 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Dutch-Australian relations. Sponsored by Rabobank, the portfolio was produced by the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    The title of the portfolio is drawn from the name of the first Dutch ship to land on Australian shores, the Duyfken or Little Dove. A vessel of the Dutch East India Company, the Duyfken landed on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula in March 1606 and Captain William Janszoon and his men went ashore. The portfolio is based on the notion of 'first encounters' to highlight this little known fact.

    The Duyfken portfolio brings together 10 Indigenous artists from across the country with diverse art practices, resulting in an important collection of works that explore the notion of 'first encounters' in a number of ways and shed light on the exchanges that took place with a number of countries prior to colonisation.

    The documentation for this print states:

    "The dog belongs to my grandmother's story place. The brolga is my grandmother's totem. The eagle is the totem in the Archer River, near my country. The name of the eagle in Wik-Mungkan is Kang Kang. The dugong belongs to a story place off the coast at the mouth of the Love River. The designs on the figures are those painted onto people's bodies in ceremony, and onto sculptures".

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Duyfken, The Netherlands, 2006, (colour illus.). Commemorative brochure, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    • Anne Virgo (Editor), Australian Print Workshop bulletin, 'Duyfken Folio', pg. 4, Fitzroy, 2007.

Other works by Garry Namponan