Untitled (Ancestral Fire), 2010 natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 143 x 82cm (56 5/16 x 32 5/16in).
Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory (catalogue number 3716A) Purchased from Raft Artspace, Alice Springs in October 2010 The Laverty Collection, Sydney
EXHIBITED: Barrupu: Shows Up In The Desert, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, Desert Mob Show, 10 September - 2 October 2010, cat. no. 4
LITERATURE: Barrupu: Shows Up In The Desert, exh. cat., Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, Desert Mob Show, cat. no. 4, p.15 (illus.)
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 Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre documentation.