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Title

Trees and flying fox camp

circa 1950s


Artist

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

Australia

1928 - 1982

Language group

Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Bark painting (Trees and flying fox camp)


Date

circa 1950s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

48.0 x 29.5 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA10.1962


Artist information

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

Artist profile

Works in the collection

15


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

Ken Watson, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Binyinyuwuy', pg. 30, Sydney, 2004, 39 (colour illus.).