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Title

Gumatj larrakitj

1998

Artist

Miniyawany Yunupiŋu

Australia

1947 - 2008

Language group

Gumatj, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Gumatj, Arnhem region
    Date
    1998
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    natural pigments on wood
    Dimensions
    50.0 x 50.0 x 330.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Tim Allison 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    61.2016
    Copyright
    © Estate of Miniyawany Yunupingu
    Artist information
    Miniyawany Yunupiŋu

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  • About

    Miniyawany Yunupiŋu comes from an esteemed artistic family. His father was the famed Gumatj artist Bunuŋgu Yunupiŋu, whose works from the late 1950s are represented in the Gallery’s collection. Miniyawany Yunupiŋu followed in his father’s footsteps acquiring a high level of cultural knowledge that he embedded in his art practice. He was also an accomplished dancer, traveling around Australia as a young man with Lance Bennett’s cultural dance group.

    Yunupiŋu was not a prolific artist. However, he is recognised for his precise renditions of the Gumatj diamond design, which underline the figurative elements in this work, ‘Gumatj Larrakitj’ 1998. The work was painted by Yunupiŋu over several months between November 1997 and February 1998, with assistance from his wife Banbiyak Munuŋgurr. The work documents in complex details the journey of the ancestral Gumatj fire to the beaches of Biranybirany and beyond, to the river and its upper reaches where swamps are shrouded by paperbarks.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala