1989/0261 Namarrden/Namarrkon - Lightning Spirit

Namarrden/Namarrkon - Lightning Spirit

Artist

John MAWURNDJUL
Indigenous
Birth:
1952
 in
West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Namarrden/Namarrkon - Lightning Spirit
Date
1989
Medium/Material
ochre on bark
Dimensions
196.4 x 88.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Purchased 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0261
Currently not on display

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This work's theme is one of the major creation stories of the Kunwinjku people of western Arnhem Land, relating to the powers of the wet season storms. In size and execution this is a major work, and the complex interweave of body components and rarrk patterning creates a composition of great power and presence. It is indicative of the graphic expression of the X-ray style of bark painting in western Arnhem Land.

Curatorial insightThis theme is one of the major creation stories of the Kunwinjku people of western Arnhem Land, relating to the powers of the wet season storms. In size and execution this is a major work, and the complex interweave of body components and rarrk patterning creates a composition of great power and presence. It is indicative of the graphic expression of the X-ray style of bark painting in western Arnhem Land. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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