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Title

Gumatj larrakitj

1998


Artist

Miniyawany Yunupiŋu

Australia

1947 - 2008

Language group

Gumatj, Arnhem region


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.


Details


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


Artist information

Miniyawany Yunupiŋu

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala