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Limmen Bight River Country



Ginger Riley Munduwalawala


circa 1936 – 01 Sep 2002

Language group: Marra, Gulf region

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  • Details

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    Places where the work was made
    Northern Territory Australia
    Ngukurr South East Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    243.5 x 243.5 x 3.7 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner , red synthetic polymer paint "GINGER RILEY". Not dated.

    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 1992
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Ginger Riley. Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

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    Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

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  • About

    Traditional in subject matter and experimental in style, the paintings of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala are impressive pictorial presences, not least because of their scale and dramatic colour schemes. As an elder of his community, the artist is entrusted with the preservation of aspects of the stories of his mother's people at Four Arches, 45 kilometres inland from Limmen Bight in the Gulf of Carpentaria.Limmen Bight country is the landscape depicted in this stately retelling of the story of the first being, a kangaroo, shown in solitary grandeur at the bottom of Riley's successively layered composition. In order to populate the world, it was the task of this being to find himself a mate. Garimala, an ancestral snake, recommended he seek out a young girl, a quest which leads the kangaroo into many deprivations and dangers. The near-fatal spearing shown in the second register was probably in punishment for his trespass on the territory of another clan. The hump-like landforms which characterise the work, and Limmen Bight itself, are believed to have resulted from the writhings of the great serpents whose appearance in this painting, and elsewhere in Aboriginal art, is significantly hieratic.

    [AGNSW Handbook 1999]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Northern Territory

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

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