John Mawurndjul (born circa 1952) Mardayin at Kakodbebuldi, 2000
Lot 14
John Mawurndjul (born circa 1952) Mardayin at Kakodbebuldi, 2000
Sold for AU$ 34,160 (US$ 32,051) inc. premium
Lot Details
John Mawurndjul (born circa 1952)
Mardayin at Kakodbebuldi, 2000
bears artist's name, language group, clan, social grouping, title, Maningrida Arts & Culture catalogue number 46622000BP and a description of the story depicted on Maningrida Arts & Culture label on the reverse
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
157 x 66cm (61 13/16 x 26in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Maningrida Arts & Culture, Maningrida, Northern Territory
    Purchased from Annandale Galleries, Sydney in September 1999
    The Laverty Collection, Sydney

    EXHIBITED:
    Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival - Aboriginal bark paintings, sculptures and hollow logs from Maningrida and Yirrkala Arnhem Land, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, 13 September - 14 October 2000
    On loan to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne from May 2001 - May 2006
    Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 - 2002, curated by Jason Smith and Charles Green, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria: Australian Art at Federation Square, Melbourne, 28 October 2002 – 16 February 2003
    rarrk - John Mawurndul : Journey Through Time in Northern Australia, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, 21 September 2005 - 29 January 2006; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany, 19 February - 5 June 2006


    LITERATURE:
    Lisa Prager, Margaret Trudgeon and Dianne Waite (eds.), Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 – 2002, exh. cat., Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2002, listed in catalogue p.149, not illustrated
    Christian Kaufmann et al., rarrk - John Mawurndul: Journey Through Time in Northern Australia, exh. cat., Belair, South Australia: Crawford House Publishing Australia, 2005, p.134 (illus.), listed p.228
    Colin Laverty and Elizabeth Laverty et al., Beyond Sacred:Recent Painting from Australia's Remote Aboriginal Communities- the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Melbourne: Hardie Grant Books, 2008, p.42 (illus.)
    Colin Laverty and Elizabeth Laverty et al., Beyond Sacred: Australian Aboriginal Art - the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Edition II, Melbourne: Kleimeyer Industries, 2011, p.317 (illus.)

    This work is a very fine example of how Mawurndjul
    was experimenting and finding new ways to represent
    Mardayin themes in the late 1990s. The energy of
    the painting in conveyed by the circular motifs that
    Mawurndjul interprets as lights glowing in the billabong
    at Kakodbebuldi, located on his clan lands.

    Apolline Kohen

    JOHN MAWURNDJUL
    In 2010, Mawurndjul became a Member of the
    Order of Australia for 'his service to the preservation
    of Indigenous culture as the foremost exponent of
    the Rarrk visual art style'. John Mawurndjul's artistic
    career spans over 30 years of intense and prolific work.
    Widely acclaimed both nationally and internationally,
    Mawurndjul is an innovator and has revolutionised
    Kuninjku bark painting in both the treatment of rarrk
    (crosshatching) and in the iconic representation of
    Mardayin's themes. He was awarded the bark painting
    prize at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islander Art Award
    in 1999 and 2002 and, in 2003 the
    prestigious Clemenger Contemporary Art Award. In 2005,
    Mawurndjul opened the first retrospective of his work
    at the Musée Jean Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland.
    In 2006, he worked on a major commission for the
    Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France. In 2007, he
    participated in the first Triennial of Indigenous Art
    held at the National Gallery of Australia, which toured
    internationally. In 2009, he received the Melbourne Art
    Foundation Award
    for the Visual Arts. The paintings in
    the Laverty's collection are exceptional examples of
    Mawurndjul's representations of Mardayin's themes
    and of his groundbreaking style that still influences
    Kuninjku artists today.

    Apolline Kohen
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