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George MILPURRURRU

Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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George Milpurrurru
George Milpurrurru. Photo: Luke Taylor.

George MILPURRURRU

Gurrumba Gurrumba clan, Ganalbiŋu language,
Yirritja moiety
1934–1998


In 1993, Milpurrurru was the first Aboriginal artist to be given a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

He was also among the first Aboriginal artists to be selected for the Biennale of Sydney, in 1979, and one of the major contributors to The Aboriginal Memorial (1988).

He participated in several major international exhibitions, including Aratjara, which toured Europe in 1993–94. He had his first solo commercial exhibition in 1985 at the Aboriginal Artists Gallery in Sydney. In 1986 he and a group of Ganalbiŋu performed a cleansing ceremony as part of the Sydney Biennale.

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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