George Milpurru Bark painting

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George Milpurru

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

 

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

 

 

George Milpurru paints in a Central Arnhem land bark painting land style using a combination of solid blocks of colour crosshatching Rarrk and dots. It is Milpurru’s ability to play between foreground and background that characterises his paintings with blocks of flat colour contrasting against intricate rarrk cross-hatching to create a strong graphic effect.

George drew on the traditions of Western Arnhem Land bark painting, who applied cross-hatching solely within the figurative motifs of the work. He also borrowed on the Eastern Arnhem Land convention of leaving figures depicted in plain black against a heavily patterned background.

He often takes a single traditional motif and repeats it across the bark painting as shown in his painting of flying foxes.  The repetition of these images are motifs found in sacred paintings made for ceremonial purposes.

George grew up in swamp country in the middle section of the Glyde River. This swamp became the wellspring from which Milpurru’s drew his artistic inspiration. He drew swamp animals including turtles, magpie geese, flying foxes, fish lizards, kangaroo, crocodile goanna and snakes.  His colours are rich and brilliant and his works tend to be more appeal to the mainstream than tribal art collectors.

 

George Milpurru was raised in his father’s country Ngalyindi on the Ganalbingu outstation near the Arafura swamp.  He began bark painting under the guidance of his father, Nhulmarmar.

He first began selling his work in the 1970’s  at Milingimbi. However with the establishment of Bula Bula Aboriginal Art at Ramingining in the late 1970’s, Milburru moved there to advance his artistic career.

One of Milpurru’s central narratives is that of the Magpie Geese.  At the end of the monsoon period the magpie geese lay their eggs. The Ganalbingu then venture out in stringy bark canoes to hunt the Magpie geese eggs. A ceremony called Gurrumbumbungu is held in conjunction with the hunting to ensure the magpie geese will lay again. During the ceremony men perform the Goose dance with cooked eggs, which are later given to the women to rub over their newborn babies.   Milpurru mastered not only painting and dance, but could also fashion his own canoes, woven fish traps and tools.

George Milpurru and his contemporaries like David Malangi, Jimmy Wululu, and Bob Bilinyara are attributed with placing Central Arnhem Land Aboriginal art firmly on the art map during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

He was a ceremonial leader of the Ganalbingu language speaking people, a skilled hunter, amarngitj or traditional healer, a ceremonial singer and dancer.

George Milpurru Bark Painting images


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Paddy Dhathanju Bark Paintings

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Paddy Dhathanju

The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Paddy Dhathanju by comparing it to other examples of his work. Paddy Dhathanju bark painting are in the Central Arnhem Land Style using traditional ochres and is a recognised aboriginal bark painting expert

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

 

 

 

Paddy Dhathanju works are on rectangular pieces of bark and always “framed top and bottom but quite often on all four sides. His most desirable works are those that depict dreamtime story of the Wagilag Sisters. He consistently uses all four colours, white black red and yellow. He often depicts lizards snakes (clan totems) and sacred rangga in his paintings. Paddy uses fine Rarrk crosshatching, blocks of solid colour and dots. Although known for his bark painting Paddy Dhathanju has also done some painted sculpture and painting on paper.

His Figures are simple and do not show much movement. They are sometimes squeezed into the space available.

Paddy Dhatangu
Bark Painting

The story of the Wagilag Sisters, tells of the day the two Wagilag Sisters ventured into the sacred place of Julunggul (Yulungul), the Rainbow Serpent. Angered by the desicration of the water hole the rainbow serpent rose from his sleep in the lagoon, sucked in the waters, spewed forth a fierce thunderstorm. he then devoured the Sisters and their two babies. The story records the arrival of the first monsoon season and the flooding of the earth. More importantly, it documents the foundation of the laws of social and ceremonial behaviour, and provides a means for the continued transmission of cultural knowledge.

Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Paddy Dhathanju. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Paddy Dhathanju,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Paddy Dhathanju Bark Painting Images

The following is not a complete set of the artists work but give a very good idea of the style and variety of the artist.
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Paddy Dhathanu Bark Paintings

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The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Paddy Dhathanu by comparing it to other examples of his work. Paddy Dhathanu bark painting are in the Central Arnhem Land Style using traditional ochres and is a recognised aboriginal bark painting expert

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

 

 

 

Paddy Dhathanu works are on rectangular pieces of bark and always “framed top and bottom but quite often on all four sides. His most desirable works are those that depict dreamtime story of the Wagilag Sisters. He consistently uses all four colours, white black red and yellow. He often depicts lizards snakes (clan totems) and sacred rangga in his paintings. Paddy uses fine Rarrk crosshatching, blocks of solid colour and dots. Although known for his bark painting Paddy Dhathanu has also done some painted sculpture and painting on paper.

His Figures are simple and do not show much movement. They are sometimes squeezed into the space available.

Paddy Dhatangu
Bark Painting

The story of the Wagilag Sisters, tells of the day the two Wagilag Sisters ventured into the sacred place of Julunggul (Yulungul), the Rainbow Serpent. Angered by the desicration of the water hole the rainbow serpent rose from his sleep in the lagoon, sucked in the waters, spewed forth a fierce thunderstorm. he then devoured the Sisters and their two babies. The story records the arrival of the first monsoon season and the flooding of the earth. More importantly, it documents the foundation of the laws of social and ceremonial behaviour, and provides a means for the continued transmission of cultural knowledge.

Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Paddy Dhathanu. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Paddy Dhathanu,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Paddy Dhathanu Bark Painting Images

The following is not a complete set of the artists work but give a very good idea of the style and variety of the artist.
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JIMMY WULULU Bark Paintings

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Jimmy Wululu

The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their bark painting is by Jimmy Wululu by comparing  examples of his work. He painted in a Central Arnhem land style but his later works show a Eastern Arnhem land influence.

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

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Wululu earliest paintings from the 1970s were naturalistic and often depicted turtles, lizards snakes fish birds and eel tailed catfish. They were painted on square bark and framed on all four sides with paint. They are classic Central Arnhem Land in style with some areas filled with solid colour while other segments are infilled with Rarrk crosshatching.  Many depict Yathalmarra and Gatji waterholes and plant and animal life related to the travels of the Djangkawu Sisters.

Jimmys later works were minimalist body designs and relate to ceremonial body paint designs especially those of honey comb and eel tailed catfish bones. He elaborated on these twin themes to a degree of almost complete abstraction. The distinctive herring bone pattern used in many of Wululu’s work represents the bones of the Eel-Tailed Catfish. the diamonds in other abstract works represent honeycomb.

Jimmy Wululu is also well known for his hollow log coffins or Lorrkon. These bone containers were most often painted as abstract eel tailed catfish.

Unlike many artists Wululu is one of the few who drafted his paintings using a ruler and pencil prior to painting. It is for this reason his paintings even though on bark are remarkably symmetrical.

Jimmy Wululu was born in 1936 during Rarrandhar at Mangbirri, a coastal settlement in Central Arnhem Land. He was from the Gupapuyngu people, Yirrtja Moiety and his country was Djiliwirri.

Jimmy Wululu went to school at the mission on Milingimbi. Despite being a part of the second generation to grow up on the mission, Wululu, still went through a traditional Education

After the Second World War and before his first initiation Wululu walked over 600 kilometers west across Arnhem Land to Darwin. In Darwin Wululu lived and worked in the building industry and was involved in traditional ceremonial life at night.

In the late 1950s Jimmy Wululu moved back to Milingimbi.

Wululu worked as both a painter and builder in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he took up fishing, taking out a commercial fishing license.

By the Mid 1970’s Jimmy was a full time artist and recognised bark painter. He undertook several exhibitions before he died in 2005.

Jimmy Wululu Bark Painting images

The following images are not a complete list of works  but are all that I could find to show the variety and style of this artist.


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Mick Megani Bark Painting

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Mick Megani
Bark painting

Mick Megani was born near Gatji Creek in Arnhem land, Northern Territory, Australia around 1920. He is a well respected Australian Aboriginal bark painter. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Mick Megani by comparing it to other examples of his work. Mick Megani bark painting are in the Central Arnhem land Style using traditional ochres and is a recognised aboriginal bark painting expert.

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

 

 

MAGANI MICK 3-5K AU619Mick Megani was a very variable artist. He used the full pallette of Arnhem land techniques from fine rarrk crosshatching to solid blocks of colour to fine dots. Sometimes he would cover the entire background in rarrk while at other time leave in monotone. Some of his barks are painted to the edges while others have large “frames” top and bottom. the same can be said for the variety of his figures. he did not have a single way of depicting faces or figures. The defining characteristic of his figures is that they are almost playful in there construction. His barks are well structured and though out and never cramped. He had a confident structure and brushstroke.

Mick Megani was a member of the Mildjingi clan. he was initiated in traditional custom and had to leave the Methodist Mission station of Milingimbi after throwing a spear at one of the white staff. He was found guilty of assault and imprisoned in Fanny Bay Jail in Darwin. When released he returned to Milingimbi and by the 1950s had become a prolific bark painter.

Makani moved to the government established settlement of Maningrida in 1957.  He became one of the main ceremonial leaders of the Maningrida community. Later in life he moved back to his birthplace. He had immense energy and a good sense of humour that was captured well in David Attenborough’s film “Quest for Under Capricorn”. He died in 1984

 Mick Megani BARK PAINTING IMAGES

The following is not a complete list of the artists works but gives a very good idea of this artists huge variety of styles.
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Mick Makani BARK PAINTING

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Mick Makani
Bark painting

Mick Makani was born near Gatji Creek in Arnhem land, Northern Territory, Australia around 1920. He is a well respected Australian Aboriginal bark painter. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Mick Makani by comparing it to other examples of his work. Mick Makani bark painting are in the Central Arnhem land Style using traditional ochres and is a recognised aboriginal bark painting expert.

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

 

MAGANI MICK 3-5K AU619Mick Makani was a very variable artist. He used the full pallette of Arnhem land techniques from fine rarrk crosshatching to solid blocks of colour to fine dots. Sometimes he would cover the entire background in rarrk while at other time leave in monotone. Some of his barks are painted to the edges while others have large “frames” top and bottom. the same can be said for the variety of his figures. he did not have a single way of depicting faces or figures. The defining characteristic of his figures is that they are almost playful in there construction. His barks are well structured and though out and never cramped. He had a confident structure and brushstroke.

 

Mick Makani was a member of the Mildjingi clan. he was initiated in traditional custom and had to leave the Methodist Mission station of Milingimbi after throwing a spear at one of the white staff. He was found guilty of assault and imprisoned in Fanny Bay Jail in Darwin. When released he returned to Milingimbi and by the 1950s had become a prolific bark painter.

Makani moved to the government established settlement of Maningrida in 1957.  He became one of the main ceremonial leaders of the Maningrida community. Later in life he moved back to his birthplace. He had immense energy and a good sense of humour that was captured well in David Attenborough’s film “Quest for Under Capricorn”. He died in 1984

 Mick Makani BARK PAINTING IMAGES

The following is not a complete list of the artists works but gives a very good idea of this artists huge variety of styles.
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BUNJUWUY Central Arnhem Land Bark Painting

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

 

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

 

 

In general  bark paintings by Bunjuwuy depicting Gupapuyngu Mortuary Rite ceremonies tend to be much more popular and valuable than others. He uses all four colours available to fully initiated men and often uses large blocks of colour in his Bark Paintings. Areas not filled in blocks of colour are filled with relatively coarse rarrk (cross Hatching) or very fine dots. As with most Eastern Arnhem land painters he borders his bark paintings on all four sides. Occasionally he places fine dots to highlight smaller areas of colour.

His animals and birds on bark reflect his clans totemic relationships and include Emu turtles river birds and grubs.

Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Bunjuwuy. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Bujuwuy,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

 Bunjuwuy Bark painting Images

The following images are not a complete list of works by Bunjuwuy but give a good feel for the variety and style of this artist.
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Bunjuwuy

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MICK MAGAN Central Arnhem Land Bark Painting

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Mick Magan
Bark painting

Mick Magan was born near Gatji Creek in Arnhem land, Northern Territory, Australia around 1920. He is a well respected Australian Aboriginal bark painter. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Mick Magan by comparing it to other examples of his work. Mick Magan bark painting are in the Central Arnhem land Style using traditional ochres and is a recognised aboriginal bark painting expert.

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

 

 

MAGANI MICK 3-5K AU619Mick Magan was a very variable artist. He used the full pallette of Arnhem land techniques from fine rarrk crosshatching to solid blocks of colour to fine dots. Sometimes he would cover the entire background in rarrk while at other time leave in monotone. Some of his barks are painted to the edges while others have large “frames” top and bottom. the same can be said for the variety of his figures. he did not have a single way of depicting faces or figures. The defining characteristic of his figures is that they are almost playful in there construction. His barks are well structured and though out and never cramped. He had a confident structure and brushstroke.

Mick Magan was a member of the Mildjingi clan. he was initiated in traditional custom and had to leave the Methodist Mission station of Milingimbi after throwing a spear at one of the white staff. He was found guilty of assault and imprisoned in Fanny Bay Jail in Darwin. When released he returned to Milingimbi and by the 1950s had become a prolific bark painter.

Magan moved to the government established settlement of Maningrida in 1957.  He became one of the main ceremonial leaders of the Maningrida community. Later in life he moved back to his birthplace. He had immense energy and a good sense of humour that was captured well in David Attenborough’s film “Quest for Under Capricorn”. He died in 1984

 Mick Magan BARK PAINTING IMAGES

The following is not a complete list of the artists works but gives a very good idea of this artists huge variety of styles.
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BURRUNDAY Central Arnhem Land Bark Painting

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The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their bark painting is by Burrunday by comparing  examples of his work. He painted in a Central Arnhem land style.

 

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

 

In general Burrunday bark paintings with figures or human beings on them tend to be much more popular and valuable than those without. he often draws his figures with one arm up and one down almost as though the figure is waving. At other times both arms are facing down. His figures are static and cubistic. His figures are often next to a morning star pole.

He commonly uses all four colours available to a fully initiated elder yellow, red, black and white. Many of his paintings relate to the morning star ceremony of which he was a custodian custodian. He uses all of the available methods of painting including rarrk (crosshatching) blocks of colour and fine dots. Most of his paintings  are on a monochrome background but not all

His animals and birds on bark reflect his clans totemic relationships and include Snake, fish butterfly / moth.

Burrunday was born around 1916 and  was one of the many Djambarrpuyngu speakers who moved to Milingimbi Island soon after the Methodist Church established a mission there in 1923.  Another family of Djambarrpuyngu lived on the mainland opposite Milingimbi, near Banumbangurr on the Glyde River the Murrungun place of the Morning Star. The two language groups share song cycles about the same totemic beings but they sing about different ancestral sites. He died in the 1970’s.

Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Burrunday. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Burrunday,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Burrunday 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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The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their bark painting is by Burunday by comparing  examples of his work. He painted in a Central Arnhem land style.

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

 

 

In general Burunday bark paintings with figures or human beings on them tend to be much more popular and valuable than those without. he often draws his figures with one arm up and one down almost as though the figure is waving. At other times both arms are facing down. His figures are static and cubistic. His figures are often next to a morning star pole.

He commonly uses all four colours available to a fully initiated elder yellow, red, black and white. Many of his paintings relate to the morning star ceremony of which he was a custodian custodian. He uses all of the available methods of painting including rarrk (crosshatching) blocks of colour and fine dots. Most of his paintings  are on a monochrome background but not all

His animals and birds on bark reflect his clans totemic relationships and include Snake, fish butterfly / moth.

Burunday was born around 1916 and  was one of the many Djambarrpuyngu speakers who moved to Milingimbi Island soon after the Methodist Church established a mission there in 1923.  Another family of Djambarrpuyngu lived on the mainland opposite Milingimbi, near Banumbangurr on the Glyde River the Murrungun place of the Morning Star. The two language groups share song cycles about the same totemic beings but they sing about different ancestral sites. He died in the 1970’s.

Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Burunday. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Burunday,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Burunday 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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