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Rain in the trees

circa 1950s


Jimmy Lipundja


1912 – 1968

Language group: Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Bark painting (Rain in trees)
    Place where the work was made
    Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    circa 1950s
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    58.4 x 17.8
    Purchased 1962
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Jimmy Lipundja/Copyright Agency

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    Jimmy Lipundja

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central Arnhem Land

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Lipundja’, pg. 94-101, Sydney, 2016, 101 (colour illus.), 141.

Other works by Jimmy Lipundja

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