Wawurritjpal, 2006 bears artist's name and catalogue number 0306 YIRR 2917Q on the reverse natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 147 x 65 cm (57 7/8 x 25 9/16in).
PROVENANCE: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory Purchased from Raft Artspace, Darwin in September 2006 The Laverty Collection, Sydney
EXHIBITED: TogArt Contemporary Art Exhibition 2006, Parliament House, Darwin, 18 July - 3 August 2006
LITERATURE: Felicity Green (ed.), TogArt Contemporary Art Exhibition 2006, exh. cat., Darwin: Top End Arts Marketing, 2006, p.35 (illus.) 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.302 (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.340 (illus.)
This painting is sold with accompanying Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre documentation.
WUKUN WANAMBI Wukun Wanambi came to light as an artist in spectacular fashion when his first ever bark painting won the 1998 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in the bark painting division. It had been included in the first edition of the catalogue of Saltwater; Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country, a national touring exhibition which contributed to the High Court's decision to recognise Indigenous sea rights in 2008. As the winning work was acquired by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory it was replaced in the tour and subsequent editions of this book with a similar work.
Wukun had been drafted to paint his saltwater country and was tutored by his cultural managers as his father, the artist Mithili, died when he was too young to learn. From 2007 to the present he has been the cultural manager of The Mulka Project, the digital arm of the Yirrkala art centre. He was highly commended in the 2003 NATSIAA and won the three dimensional category in 2010.
His first memorial poles were included in the Kerry Stokes Collection Larrakitj which showed at the Sydney Biennale in 2010. He has had successful exhibitions at Raft Artspace and Niagara Galleries and been shown overseas in France, England, Singapore, China and the United States. He is in many major Australian and international institutional collections and on permanent display at the Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House and the Musée de Lyon.
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