Birlmu or Namarnkorl (Barramundi), 2002 bears artist's name and Maningrida Arts & Crafts catalogue number 388-02 on the reverse natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 30 x 81cm (11 13/16 x 31 7/8in).
PROVENANCE: Painted at Milmilngkan, Northern Territory Maningrida Arts & Crafts, Maningrida, Northern Territory Purchased from Raft Artspace, Darwin in July 2002 The Laverty collection, Sydney
EXHIBITED: Stone Country - Saltwater, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, 1 August - 27 September 2009
Barrupu Yunupingu is a sister to Gulumbu and NyapanyapaYunupingu, both award winning artists. Her brothers Galarrwuy and Mandawuy are each Australians of the a Year. Her father Munggurrawuy is known as a major artist and land rights activist of the 1960s and 70s. Her style is the closest of his children to that which he employed. This cross current of the Gumatj clan flame design belongs to the second season of her major bark work. Although she has only had two exhibitions so far (at Raft Artspace and Alcaston Gallery) she is already in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections.
This painting is sold with accompanying Maningrida Arts ＆ Culture documentation.