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Bobby BARRDJARAY NGANJMIRRA

Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra
Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra. Photographer unknown.

Bobby BARRDJARAY NGANJMIRRA

Djalama clan, Kunwinjku language, Yirridjdja moiety
1915–1992

Barrdjaray was the head of one of the great Australian art dynasties — the Nganjmirra family — that includes his younger brothers Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi and Peter (1927–1987), and their sons and grandchildren.

Barrdjaray was a prolific painter with a wide range of subjects available to him due to his high ritual status. He worked with the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt after the Second World War, and in the 1970s was a member of the Aboriginal Arts Board. He featured in major group exhibitions, including Kunwinjku Bim at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1984, and The Continuing Tradition at the National Gallery of Australia in 1989.

Paintings in the exhibition

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All these bark paintings are part of the National Museum of Australia’s collection. © the artist or the artist’s estate, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency 2013, unless otherwise specified. These images must not be reproduced in any form without permission.

 

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