NAMERREDJE GUMALA : Oenpelli bark painter

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Namerredje Gumala
Bark painting

The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Namerredje Gumala by comparing  examples of his work. He painted in a Oenpelli Western Arnhem land style.


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In general  bark paintings by Namerredje Gumala with figures or human beings on them tend to be much more popular and valuable than those of animals. His paintings of female figures are very easily identified. He depicts the hair on women as a large afro split in the middle. His male figures are harder to pick but often have a small goatee beard. His figures and animals have a lot of fine rarrk. he does not use large open spaces unfilled like some of his contemporaries. His compositions can be cluttered and clumsy when compared to Lofty Nadjammerek or Dick Murrumurru‘s paintings. Female figures are usually painted face on. Male figures normally in profile.

Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Namerredje Gumalaa. He belonged to Burdan Clan from the Kunwinjku language group and was Duwa Moiety. In 1973 he moved to Yaymini outstation and spent some time with Wally Mandarrk and his Family. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Namerredje,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

 Bark paintings by Namerredje Gumala

The following images are not a complete list of works by Namerredje Gumala. They do however give a good feel for the variety and style of this artist.

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