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Trees and flying fox camp

circa 1950s


  • Details

    Other Title
    Bark painting (Trees and flying fox camp)
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    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
    Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    © Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

    Artist profile

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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