The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Jambalula by comparing examples of his work. He painted in a Western Arnhem land Oenpelli Bark Painting style
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In general bark paintings by Jambalula with figures or human beings on them tend to be much more popular and valuable than those without. His most valuable works either depict ceremonies or are series of barks. Series of barks were used like a book to illustrate a traditional story to initiates. He was very minimalistic in his approach when painting barks. This works very effectively in some paintings but can just looks stark in others.
He often depicts figures with either very small eyes or with no eyes at all. The eyes are placed at the very front of the face.
His animals and birds on bark reflect his clans totemic relationships and include fish, mud crabs, wallaby, snakes and turtles.
Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Jambalula. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Jambalula, please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.
Jambalula Bark Painting Images
The following images are not a complete list of works but give a good feel for the variety and style of this artist.
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