BARDKADUBBU Bark paintings

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Curly Bardkadubbu
Bark painting

Curly Bardkadubbu painted bark painting in the Western Arnhem Land style using traditional ochres on bark. Many of his works are X-Ray / Oenpelli style showing the internal organs of the animals depicted.

The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Bardkadubbu by comparing  examples of his work.

If you have a Curly Bardkadubbu bark painting to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Curly Bardkadubbu painting is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg because I would love to see it.


Curly Bardkadubbu works are mainly of totemic animals and are on a rectangular bark with a unicolour background. They often have the body completely infilled with rarrk (cross hatching) and some of the extremities filled in a block of solid colour. The figures and animals on the bark are often less fluid and more static than other Oenpelli Artists. Although influenced by Yirawala and having some similarities his works do not flow and often feel cramped on the bark.

Unfortunately along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings not a lot of information is not readily available about Curly Bardkadubbu 1924-1987.He rose to prominence as an artist in the 1970’s after being tutored by Yirawala. He shared a camp with Yirawala on the outstations at table Hill and Marrkolidjban. Later in life he moved to Namokardabu.

Curly Bardkadubbu has recently been exhibited in the Old Masters Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

 Curly Bardkadubbu Bark Painting Images

The following are all the images of  Curly Bardkadubbu works that I could find.

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