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Title

Snakes and fish anticipating rain

circa 1950s


Artist

Dawidi Birritjama

Australia

1921 - 1970

Language group

Liyagalawumirr, Arnhem region


About

Dawidi explores the potential of diverse infill in the painting 'Snakes and fish anticipating rain' c1950s. Divided into two fields, the upper section contains two simple fish, set between bands of fresh water. In the lower section seven snakes eagerly travel in one direction, while one defiant fish breaks through, forcing its way upstream in the opposite direction. With each figure individually adorned and sparkling fields of dots included in the background, it is a striking work, alive with the intensity of country that will be brought by the anticipated rains.


Details


Date

circa 1950s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

44.0 x 17.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA5.1962


Artist information

Dawidi Birritjama

Artist profile

Works in the collection

7


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Steven Miller, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Dawidi Djulwarak', pg. 46, Sydney, 2004, 46, 47 (colour illus.).

Daniel Thomas, Look, 'Diverse memories: From the Gallery’s new wing to planted koalas and igneous rock', pg. 29-31, Sydney, Feb 2010, 31 (colour illus.). Excerpts of transcript located in the AGNSW archives compiled by Steven Miller.

Hetti Perkins and Unknown, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.