- Other Title
- Bark painting (Trees and flying fox camp)
- Place where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land
- circa 1950s
- Media category
- Bark painting
- Materials used
- natural pigments on bark
- 48.0 x 29.5 cm (irreg.)
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1962
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In 'Trees and flying fox camp' c1950s Binyinyuwuy provides columns of the Ganalbingu rarrk (cross-hatching) for water, alternating with the clustered floral design for the flying fox. In form this design echoes the flowers from which the bats draw nectar, while also representing their droppings that fall into the water as they fly to the nearby paperbark forest, providing the water with power. As Gallery archivist Steven Miller has noted, ‘this comparatively restrained composition successfully reduces these associated, yet divergent realities to an identifiable visual code or abbreviation’. Binyinyuwuy inherited the rights to paint this Ganalbingu design through his maternal grandmother.
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Remembering Forward: An Exhibition of Major Australian Indigenous Artists, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 20 Nov 2010–20 Mar 2011
Art from Milingimbi: taking memories back, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Nov 2016–29 Jan 2017
Referenced in 3 publications
Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf, Remembering forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, 'Bark paintings', pg. 102-123, Cologne, 2010, 104 (colour illus.), 105 (colour illus., detail). cat.no. 45
Cara Pinchbeck, Lindy Allen and Louise Hamby, Art from Milingimbi, Sydney, 2016, 56 (colour illus.), 140.
Ken Watson, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Binyinyuwuy', pg. 30, Sydney, 2004, 39 (colour illus.).
Other works by Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy
See all 16 works