Limmen Bight Country bears artist's name, title, medium, dimensions, exhibition details and Alcaston Gallery catalogue number AK69 on the reverse of the frame synthetic polymer paint on plywood, plastic moulding and metal screws 43 x 49cm
PROVENANCE: Painted at Ngukurr, Northern Territory in 1989 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne in conjuction with William Mora Galleries, Melbourne Private collection Lawson~Menzies, Fine Aboriginal Art, Sydney, 31 May 2005, lot 17 Private collection
EXHIBITED: Works from Utopia and Ngukurr, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, in conjunction with William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, 1990, cat. no.7
Cf. For related works that were also framed by the artist during this period in the collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth see The Four Arches and Garimala, 1989 and Ngak Ngak at nightime, 1989 in Judith Ryan, Ginger Riley, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 1997, Ill. nos.22-23, pp.64-65.
This example was painted during the early years of the artist's career. During this period at the end of 1988 and the beginning of 1989 Munduwalawala recounts that he was searching for materials to paint around Ngukurr, stating, '[I was] short of money, did not have canvas or watercolour...I collected canvas, went to rubbish dump, collected board, started painting on that board. I wanted to paint, framed some myself...got frame from around the community (Ngukurr).' (ibid, p.21). This vibrant work, framed by Munduwalawala with scrap plastic and nails is a striking early depiction of the artist's totem, Ngak Ngak (the sea eagle).
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