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John NAMERREDJE GUYMALA

Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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John NAMERREDJE GUYMALA

Burdan clan, Kunwinjku language, Duwa moiety
1926–about 1978

Namerredje was a superb draughtsman with a recognisably individual ‘hand’. The beautifully articulated patterns of rarrk that decorate his figures epitomise the Bininj notion of aesthetics in painting referred to as kabimbebme, literally ‘colour coming out’. In 1973 Namerredje and his family moved to Yaymini outstation, far to the south of Maningrida, which they shared with Wally Mandarrk and his family. In the 1970s his work was collected by the Aboriginal Arts Board and by the American collector and professor of English literature, Ed Ruhe.

Namerredje’s paintings were selected for The Art of Aboriginal Australia, which toured North America in
1974–76; and Kunwinjku Bim at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1984.

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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