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Title

Trees and flying fox camp

circa 1950s

Artist

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

Australia

1928 - 1982

Language group

Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

  • Details

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

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    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

    Milingimbi

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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