1990/0006 John Bulun Bulun

John Bulun Bulun

Artist

Lin ONUS
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
04 Dec 1948
 in
Melbourne, Victoria
Death:
1996
 in
Melbourne, Victoria

Artwork

Title
John Bulun Bulun
Date
1989
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
182.5 x 182.3 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1990
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1990/0006
Currently not on display

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John Bulun Bulun (1946–2010) was a noted artist, singer and ceremonial man of the Ganalbingu clan. He lived at Gamardi outstation in North Central Arnhem Land. He was the adoptive uncle, or ‘other father’ of Lin Onus, whom was also a much respected artist.Onus often captured the essence of a person or place in his paintings, as he has done here. This portrait especially stands out as being one of his best – perhaps this is because it echoes the connectedness between artist and sitter.But the painting also has a serious message. The splintered background features a story/image that Bulun Bulun is custodian for. Regrettably, works of art like the background painting have been copied several times without legal or cultural permission.

Curatorial insightJohn Bulun Bulun (1946–2010) was a noted artist, singer and ceremonial man of the Ganalbingu clan. He lived at Gamardi outstation in North Central Arnhem Land. He was the adoptive uncle, or ‘other father’ of the artist, Lin Onus. Onus often captured the essence of a person or place in his paintings, as he has done here. This portrait stands out as being one of his best – perhaps because it echoes the connectedness between artist and sitter. But the painting also has a serious message. The splintered background features a story/image that Bulun Bulun is custodian for. Regrettably, works of art like the background painting have been copied several times without legal or cultural permission. (AGWA 2015)

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