Buyku, 2009 bears '3420-0 Djirrirra' on the reverse natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 155 x 70cm (61 x 27 9/16in).
PROVENANCE: Painted at Yirrkala, Northern Territory Purchased from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Northern Territory in November 2009 The Laverty Collection, Sydney
EXHIBITED: 26th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 14 August - 25 October 2009, cat. no. 53
LITERATURE: 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.345 (illus.)
This is an early example of the Buyku design with which she won the 2008 Togart NT Contemporary Art Award. She also won the 2012 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Her father and brother are each major art award winners as well. Her father Yanggarriny was the first Aboriginal artist to have his copyright protected in a mainstream court in 1985. This work incorporates her distinctive palette of colours including an olive made from mixing black and yellow ochres.
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