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Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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Djunmal. Photo: Ian Dunlop.


Mayarrmayarr clan, Liya’gawumirr language, Dhuwa moiety
about 1920–1975

Djunmal was a senior ritual leader of the Liya’gawumirr people and was known for always wearing sunglasses. Along with Narritjin Maymuru and other Yolŋu, Djunmal participated in the acclaimed Aboriginal Theatre Foundation, which performed in Sydney and Melbourne in 1963.

Djunmal’s paintings are held in collections throughout Australia, in Paris and Basel, and in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia.

Djunmal’s work was selected for the Scougall Collection exhibition, sponsored by Qantas, that travelled to Tokyo, Auckland, San Francisco, Montreal and Tehran in 1961–63.

Paintings in the exhibition

Click on the images below to see a larger version and more information, including dimensions. Please note these images are not to scale.

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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