Curly Barrkadubbu (circa 1924-1987) Yawkyawk

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Lot 4
Curly Barrkadubbu
(circa 1924-1987)
Yawkyawk

Sold for AU$ 3,600 (US$ 2,539) inc. premium
Curly Barrkadubbu (circa 1924-1987)
Yawkyawk
bears descriptive label on the reverse
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
87 x 59cm (34 1/4 x 23 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Painted in Western Arnhem Land circa 1970
    Private collection

    Curly Barrkadubbu was one of the major bark painters in Western Arnhem Land in the 1970s and in this larger example he depicts Yawkyawk spirit figures more often seen in the bark paintings of Peter Maralwanga and the sculptures of Owen Yalandja. Barrkadubbu's paintings are held in most major Australian institutions including the Australian Museum, Sydney, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and the South Australian Museum, Adelaide.

    The descriptive note reads: 'This is Yowg-Yowg [sic], the lightening dreaming woman, a dangerous person who comes out in the wet season. Lillies grow on the billabong in which she lives during the day'.
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