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Born clan, Kuninjku language, Duwa moiety

Colour photograph portrait of a man next to an artwork. - click to view larger image
Curly Bardkadubbu


Bardkadubbu rose to prominence as a painter in the late 1970s. He was tutored by Yirawala in the early 1970s when they shared outstations at Table Hill and Marrkolidjban, which both men had helped to establish. Later, he moved to Namokardabu, also in the Liverpool River region.

Bardkadubbu’s work was selected for a number of major exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including: The Art of Aboriginal Australia, which toured North America from 1974 to 1976; and Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition at the National Gallery of Australia in 1989. Bardkadubbu entered the first National Aboriginal Art Award, established by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in 1984.

Painting in the exhibition

A bark painting worked with ochres on bark and on wooden restrainers. It depicts a crocodile with its head turning to the left and its tail curled up to the right. The crocodile has a yellow, white and brown crosshatched design with white feet, tail, and lower jaw. The painting has a red background.
Namanjwarre the Estuarine Crocodile

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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