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Dhuwa and Yirritja Animals



Makani Wilingarr


1905 – 1984

Language group: Mildjingi, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Dua & Jiridja animals
    Place where the work was made
    Goyder River Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    108.5 x 37.5 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1961
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Makani Wilingarr/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    In 'Dhuwa and Yirritja animals' 1960 numerous figurative elements appear embedded within country, their forms somewhat hidden within the vast miny’tji (clan designs) of country. The undulating form of a serpent gently dissects the composition, with further divisions created to both sides by discrete line work. Within these sections figurative elements are literally attached to the land, their forms barely distinct from the patch of miny’tji to which they are connected. The use of multi-directional cross-hatching to create this patchwork results in a field of shimmering brilliance.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 37 (colour illus.).

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Makani’, pg. 102-115, Sydney, 2016, 113 (colour illus.), 142.

Other works by Makani Wilingarr

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