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Maŋgalili clan, Yirritja moiety

Colour photograph portrait of a man. - click to view larger image
Banapana Maymuru


Banapana was the son of the great Maŋgalili artist Narritjin Maymuru. Together, in 1978, they shared a creative arts fellowship at the Australian National University, the first of its kind to be offered to Aboriginal artists and which resulted in the exhibition Maŋgalili Art.

Banapana’s work was included in a number of major exhibitions, including: Aboriginal Australia, which toured Australia in 1981; Aboriginal Art at the Top, Darwin, in 1982; The Inspired Dream at Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988; and Yolngu, Aboriginal Cultures of North Australia in Brighton, England, in 1988.

Painting in the exhibition

A bark painting worked with ochres on bark and with wooden restrainers. The painting has a central elongated shape with four fish in the middle section and anchor like shapes at either end. There are four fishing spears on the upper left side with the panel to the right of this showing a seated human figure, a tree and a small dwelling. In the lower left there are two fishing paddles and in the panel to the right a bird with three bird footprints. The painting has a black border at either end.

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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