1991/0290 Magpie goose hunting in the Arafura swamp

Magpie goose hunting in the Arafura swamp

Artist

George of Ramingining MILPURRURRU
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1934
 in
Badigalimak, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Death:
1998
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
Magpie goose hunting in the Arafura swamp
Date
c 1984
Medium/Material
ochres on stringy bark
Dimensions
160.5 x 87.5 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Ian Craig Richmond, May 1991
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1991/0290
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightMilpurrurru, a ceremonial leader for the Ganalpuyngu/Ganalbingu people, was born in the bush south of Mulburrum. Taught to paint by his father – Ngulmarrmarr (c.1911-1977), a bark painter of renown – Milpurrurru gained a reputation as an artist of note in the late 1970s when he refined his style and broadened his subject matter, which became more open to him due to increased ceremonial knowledge. He was living at Maningrida at the time, from where he moved to Ramingining, close to his clan lands. His work appeared in a number of Sydney Biennales, and his art is held in numerous public and private collections. A singer, dancer and ritual healer, he painted in several quite distinctive styles. He also carved sculptures, canoes, tools, weapons, utensils and his own house and studio, as his ancestors had before him. He painted themes from his clan lands, particularly ones associated with the magpie goose and the life of the swamplands. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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