Ganyu, 2004 bears artist's name, Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre catalogue number 2502P and various other inscriptions on the reverse and artist's name, title, year, dimension, medium and Alcaston Gallery catalogue number AK10482 on a label on the reverse natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 125 x 29.5cm (49 3/16 x 11 5/8in).
PROVENANCE: Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Northern Territory Purchased from Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne in November 2004 The Laverty Collection, Sydney
EXHIBITED: Garak, The Universe - Gulumbu Yunupingu: New works on bark and larrakitji, Alcaston Galley, Melbourne, 5 - 27 November 2004 Stone Country - Saltwater, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, 1 August - 27 September 2009
LITERATURE: 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.299 (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.335 (illus.)
This painting is sold with accompanying Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre documentation.
This work is a very early example of the Ganyu theme which saw Yunupingu win the First Prize in the 2004 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Her work is forever included in the fabric of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. She was, until her death in May 2012, the best recognized artist of North east Arnhem land who had many successful exhibitions at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne throughout her life and is in most major collections in Australia.
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