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Title

Mimihs at Milmilngkan

1989

Artist

John Mawurndjul AM

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Mimihs at Minmilgan
    Mimih at Milmilngkan
    Place where the work was made
    Milmilngkan Western Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1989
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
    Dimensions
    249.0 x 95.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 2002
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    98.2002
    Copyright
    © John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    John Mawurndjul's painting 'Mimihs at Milmilngkan' 1989 is an outstanding example of the late 1980s Mawurndjul. During his painting career the artist has gradually moved from depicting familiar representations of such spiritual entities as Ngalyod the rainbow serpent and the mermaid-like female spirits or yawkyawks, to dazzling abstract patterning that completely covers the bark. These 'abstract' bark paintings represent body painting for the Mardayin ceremonies and relate to sites near his homeland at Mumeka. There is also a connection with the dazzling optical effects associated with the skin of the rainbow serpent.

    Mawurndjul is arguably the finest bark painter working at the moment. He is particularly noted for his fine rarrk and the distinctive patterning that is displayed in the painting 'Untitled' 2000. Mawurndjul was tutored by his brother Jimmy Njiminjuma (b.1945) and uncle, Peter (Djakku) Marralwanga (c.1916-1987), both superb artists.

    John Mawurndjul has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne since 1991. He regularly shows at Annandale Galleries in Sydney and his work is in many public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Mawurndjul has won several prizes including the 1999 Telstra Bark Painting Award at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award held by the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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