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Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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Djok clan, Kunwinjku language, Duwa moiety
about 1924–about 1980

Didjbaralkka was among the group of artists at Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) whose work was collected by the Aboriginal Arts Board in the 1970s and formed part of the exhibition Kunwinjku Bim at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1984. His paintings were also collected by the American Louis A Allen, who exhibited his collection in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Didjbaralkka’s paintings were shown in the exhibition Die Kunst der australischen Ureinwohner lebt at museums in Leipzig and Dresden, in the former East Germany, in 1981. A work by Didjbaralkka was included in Aratjara, which toured Europe in 1993–94.

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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