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Title

Bark painting (Rain in trees)

circa 1950s


Artist

Jimmy Lipundja

Australia

1912 - 1968

Language group

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region


About

'Rain in the trees' c1950s is distinct within Lipundja’s oeuvre, referring to seasonal change and the atmospherics of country. The work references the season of midawarr, just after the wet, when bush foods are ripe, animals are fat and seafoods are plentiful. At this time the wind blows from the east and it is the season for yams. It is a painting for his mother’s clan and provides an interesting comparison with the work of Binyinyuwuy of the same title, from about 1959. Both works offer an evocative image of rain replenishing country, with Binyinyuwuy’s being of the dramatic deluge and electrical storms that come with the wet, while Lipundja’s is of the following season, when lighter rains fall and the regenerative powers of seasonal change are evident.


Details


Place where the work was made

Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia


Date

circa 1950s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

58.4 x 17.8


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA14.1962


Artist information

Jimmy Lipundja

Artist profile

Works in the collection

10


Place

Where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history