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Rain in the trees

circa 1959


  • Details

    Other Title
    Bark painting (Rain in the trees)
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    circa 1959
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    74.0 x 39.4 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1962
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

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  • About

    The atmospherics of country are evocatively captured by Binyinyuwuy in Rain in the trees c1959, as he gives form to the seasonal rains that fall as the north wind blows, normally around November or December. In the lower section he portrays the patterns of lightning that are seen in the clouds. Finely painted and multicoloured, these reverberating bands give visual form to the dynamic forces that activate the landscape and enact the renewal and replenishment that is brought by the wet season each year. If read in planar view, they also provide an image of the subterranean effects wrought by this deluge.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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