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Prints from Arnhem LandPrints from Arnhem Land

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Arnhem Land is a region in which Aboriginal artists have been active during the 1990s in exploring the opportunities offered by print making techniques. There are seven main Aboriginal communities in the region, and in at least four of these there are artists active in print making.

More information about these communities is in the Arnhem Land communities section. For information about the artists, see the short Arnhem Land artists biographies.

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Namiyal Bopirri
Title: Crow Andiditj (Wagilag Story)
Price: $550.00 in Australia
$500.00 for Export.
PR516, 1998
Linocut, edition size 99
49 x 60 cm
A long time ago in the Dreamtime, a man named Marrngu, the Possum man, and his two wives, Barkuma (native cats) lived at a place called Guruwana. One day the Barkuma sisters went out to collect shells from the mangroves. Marrngu, who was going to marry them, stayed at the camp. They went into the mangroves and collected shells then came back to their camp to cook. But the sisters despised Marrngu and they made the fire extra large. As they cooked the shells they plotted what they were going to do to Marrngu. That night their husband came and sat near the fire to warm himself and to reconcile with the sisters as they refused to sleep with him. Then as Marrngu was warming himself near the fire, the sisters threw the hot coals and ashes all over him, shrivelling his arms and legs. Marrngu then turned into a possum and ran away screaming from pain. That is why nowadays Marrngu, the ringtail possum has pink skin on its body as a result of burns from the hot coals. The Crowman, Wak had made a fishtrap (Gorl) so they could have fish. Here the fish are caught, eaten and the fishbones are put aside. When Marrngu ran away from the Barkuma sisters he came up to the Crowman and told him what happened, how the sisters had humiliated him and then tried to kill him. He warned the Crowman what he was going to do to the sisters. Then Marrngu went away, gathered his clansmen and returned to kill the women. The miringu (army) gathered then they went in and speared the sisters to death. Their spirit entered the body of the catfish, Wedu in the nearby river. When the Wak heard about the women's death he got upset and went to Warang the Glider Possum man. The Wak wanted to arrange a 'Hollow Log' ceremony for the dead women. After preparing the hollow log coffin they collected all the catfish bones and placed them into a Dindin (paperbark basket), they would later put the catfish bones into the Hollow Log. To do this they painted the Hollow Log and had a big Bunggul (mortuary rite). They placed the catfish bones (the two sisters' bones) into the coffin, then the Wak came and took it away and flew into the heavens. That Hollow Log coffin can now be seen in the sky as the Milky Way.
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Lofty Nadjamerrek
Title: Rainbow Serpent
Price: $1100.00 in Australia
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PR525, 2000
Etching Edition Size 99
66 x 49 cm
Lofty belonged to a group of artists from Southern Kunjinjku, in Arnhem Land, who originally worked together in Oenpelli and have since established outstations in the stone country. Their work is characterised by a relatively unadorned style of painting and the use of strong simple red hatching in the interior of their work. This group of artists have strong affiliations with the rocky country towards the southern limits of Kunwinjku. Lofty is known to have started his painting career painting on rock, close to his clan lands. The use of a hatching style reminiscent of rock painting is deliberate and marks their 'stone country' affiliations. They maintained this aspect of their style partly to distinguish themselves from other groups living in Oenpelli, who employ a more lively multi-coloured infill style. The figure represented in this print is Ngalkunburriyaymi, the daughter of the original rainbow serpent Yingarna. The subject of the Rainbow Serpent is associated with Lofty's clan lands in the headwaters of the Liverpool River. This vital Creator Spirit brings the rains of the wet season and revives the landscape annually. Lofty shows the figure as a complex transformational image combining elements from crocodile, emu, snake and fish species. Waterlilies are attached to her back. At sacred sites waterlilies mark the presence of the Creator Being inside the earth or water.
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David Malangi
Title: Malanga story
Price: $528.00 in Australia
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PR515, 1998
Reduction linocut, Edition size 94
48 x 62 cm
David has depicted night insects of Yathalamara where he lives. This tiny outstation lies near a swamp alive with fish and birdlife and abounding in the insects which they feed off. Here David has shown reeds at the waters edge with the insects sitting at the base of the stems waiting until nightfall before they make their presence known in song.
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Banduk Marika
Title: Daymirri
Price: $550.00 in Australia
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PR510, 1992
Linocut Edition Size 35
37 x 57 cm
Two yolngu (men) went turtle hunting and when they saw a miyapunu (turtle) they caught it. Suddenly Daymirri (a whale) came up under the lipalipa (canoe). Then the whale flipped its tail and broke the canoe in half. One man grabbed hold of the half canoe while the whale hit the canoe and splashed. The movement went in all directions.
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Banduk Marika
Title: Wakun
Price: $429.00 in Australia
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PR512, 2006
Screenprint Edition Size 40
71 x 50 cm
Mullet or Wakun is in the storylines that the Marika family sing which is an integral part of their ancestral activities. The fish is also associated with fishing and hunting stories in the area of ocean from Yirrkala across to Bremmer Island.
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Johnny Bulunbulun
Title: Body Design I - Djilbunyamorr Waterhole
Price: $484.00 in Australia
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PR519, 2000
Screenprint Edition Size: 75
41 x 64 cm
Johnny Bulunbulun is a senior member of the Ganalbingu group and is one of the most important singers and ceremonial men in north-central Arnhem Land. His clan lands lie in the Arafura Swamp area. This print shows the Waterhole Djilbunyamorr where Bulunblun's two brothers and one sister (deceased) were spiritually conceived. Bulubulun's mother and father were out hunting geese, and as they walked past this waterhole, the spirit of gumand, the magpie goose, came out and impregnated the mother. Djilibunyamorr was created in the beginning of time by gumang the magpie goose. It is located in the Arafura Swamp region, in the bottom, seaward area, called Gunbarranga. The central horizontal bar represents a dead log at a place called Junggibarparnyamurru. This log is extremely sacred for the Ganalbingu who are the only ones allowed to paint it. The cross-hatched borders represent the expanses of Ganalbingu country. The two orange cone-like shapes are painted over the shoulders, representing fire and the fire spirits, or jongke, which burn under the water. The two circular shapes refer to these spirits.
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Johnny Bulunbulun
Title: Sugar Glider
Price: $396.00 in Australia
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PR522, 2000
Lithograph Edition Size 30
30 x 46 cm
The artist has depicted his mother's dreaming at a site called Wurlkkubimerre. This site forms the focus of the identity for a number of clans, who each have common icons. Bulunbulun is the 'protector' or 'guardian' for his mother's dreaming and is therefore entitled to depict aspects of the sacred story. The long shape in the centre represents a hollow tree trunk, containing the galanjanjh 'bees' wax honey comb, shown as the circle at the bottom. The dots are yarrpanj 'bees' flying in and out of their hives. The animals in the painting are warna 'honey' seekers: narrgenarrge 'northern brush tailed possum' and warpurr 'sugar glider'.
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