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Daygurrgurr clan, Gupapuyŋu language, Yirritja moiety

Black and white photograph portrait of a man. - click to view larger image
Jimmy Wululu


As a painter, Wululu was concerned with symmetry. He had worked as a builder and used a straight rule in his paintings.

Wululu was one of the major contributors to The Aboriginal Memorial (1988) at the National Gallery of Australia, and he participated in several major international exhibitions, including: Dreamings, New York, in 1988; Magiciens de la Terre, Paris, in 1989; Aratjara, which toured Europe in 1993–94; Tyerabarrbowaryaou 2, at the Biennale of Havana, Cuba, in 1994; Stories, from the Holmes à Court Collection at the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, in 1995; and Explained at the Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, in 2004.

Painting in the exhibition

A bark painting worked with ochres on bark. It depicts a central shape with a yellow base and pointed top. The central section of the shape has brown, white and black diamond designs with white and black dots. The background of the painting has the same diamond design with further diamonds painted in brown, light brown and white cross hatching. The painting has yellow ends and a yellow border down one side.
Sugarbag Dreaming

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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