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MUTITJPUY MUNUŊGURR

Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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MUTITJPUY MUNUŊGURR

Mutitjpuy Mununggurr
Mutitjpuy Munuŋgurr. Photo: JA Davidson.

Djapu clan, Dhuwa moiety
1932–1993

Mutitjpuy is the first bark painter to win the National Aboriginal Art Award at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, in 1990.

He was known as a philosopher and had the authority to paint both Dhuwa and Yirritja subjects, and was the son of Woŋgu Munuŋgurr (about 1874–1958), the renowned Djapu leader and warrior.

At a young age Mutitjpuy moved to Yirrkala, where he was raised and tutored by Mawalan Marika.

He was also influenced by his father-in-law, Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu, who introduced him to Yirritja law. Mutitjpuy’s paintings featured in Art of the Dreamtime at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1974, and The Inspired Dream at the World Expo, Brisbane, in 1988.

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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