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Kurulk clan, Kuninjku language, Duwa moiety

Colour photograph of a man sitting in front of rock paintings.. - click to view larger image
John Mawurndjul

Born 1952

Mawurndjul is a renowned international artist with several art prizes to his credit, including the 2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award. In 2005 he joined a handful of Australian artists to have had a retrospective exhibition in Europe, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel. Mawurndjul designed a ceiling piece for the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, which opened in 2006.

His work has featured in several major exhibitions, including: Magiciens de la Terre, Paris, in 1989; Aratjara, which toured Europe in 1993–94; World of Dreamings at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, in 2000; and the first National Indigenous Art Triennial, Culture Warriors, at the National Gallery of Australia in 2007.

Painting in the exhibition

A bark painting worked with ochres on bark and on wooden restrainers. It depicts a coiled snake with its head in the top left hand corner.The snake is painted in brown, black and red crosshatching. In the upper section there are white leaves set against a red background.
Rainbow Serpent

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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