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Jack WUNUWUN

Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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Jack WUNUWUN

Gaŋarl clan, Murruŋun language, Dhuwa moiety
1930–1991

Jack Wunuwun
Jack Wunuwun. Photo: Australia Council for the Arts.

Wunuwun was an innovative painter, unafraid to draw on influences from European art. He pioneered the rendering of three dimensions and perspective in bark painting. Wunuwun firmly believed that art was a powerful means by which to reconcile Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. In 1987 he was voted the Aboriginal Artist of the Year in the NAIDOC Awards. His work was included in several major exhibitions including Artists of Arnhem Land at the Canberra School of Art in 1983; Magiciens de la Terre, Paris, in 1989; Aratjara, which toured Europe in 1993–94; and Stories, from the Holmes à Court Collection, at the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, in 1995.

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.

  • Bartji (Jungle Yams)
    Jack Wunuwun, Bartji (Jungle Yams)
  • My Father’s Dreaming
    Jack Wunuwun, My Father’s Dreaming

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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