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Title

Oysters growing on rocks at Guruwana

circa 1960


Artist

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

Australia

1932 - 1981

Language groups

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region, Birrkili, Arnhem region


About

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy gives brilliant form to the conditions found at particular places in country at certain times of the day. In 'Oysters growing on rocks at Guruwana' c1960 he depicts an important location on the mainland near Elcho Island, where oysters are found. The central form in the work alludes to a rock formation under the water, to which dead, broken, empty and full oyster shells are attached, their various states indicated by the differing colours and infill techniques. This tidal country is surrounded by mud, as indicated by the yellow bands that run horizontally across the work. In the related work 'Guruwana – a sacred place' c1959, Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy provides the additional element of a band of cross-hatching within the segment of mud to indicate the presence of rocks that are covered and uncovered by saltwater as the tides rise and fall.


Details


Other Title

Oysters growing on rocks


Date

circa 1960


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

59.0 x 28.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA52.1960


Artist information

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

Artist profile

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Djon Mundine, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘The concept of style in Central Arnhem Land’, pg. 99-104, Sydney, 2007, 98 (colour illus.).