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As a young man, Mithinari Guruwiwi learned to paint from famous Arnhem Land bark painter Mawalan Marika. Mithinari’s works have appeared in many significant overseas exhibitions including ‘Australian Aboriginal Art’ in Chicago, 1972, and ‘Aratjara – Art of the First Australians’ in Düsseldorf, London and Humlebaek, 1993–94. Mithinari Gurruwiwi is represented in all Australian state galleries and in the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in the United States. In 1976, he passed away at the young age of 45.
2009 - Yirrkala artists Everywhen: bark paintings from the State Art Collection, featuring the following artists: Gungyuma Dhamurrandji, Larrtjanga Ganambarr, Birrikitji Gumana, Gawirrin Gumana, Malinyin Gumana, Mithinari Gurruwiwi, Djambawa Marawili, Wakuthi Marawili, Mathaman Marika, Mawalan Marika, Milirrpum Marika, Wandjuk Marika, Bokara Maymuru, Nanyin Maymuru, Narritjin Maymuru, Djutjatjuta Mununggurr, Mau Mununggurr, Watjung Munungirritj, Dula Ngurruwuthun, Dundiwuy Wanambi, Mithili Wanambi, Mungurrawuy Yunupingu at the Art Gallery of WA, Perth.
1995 - Miny'tji Buku Larrnggay, Paintings from the East, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1994 - Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.; Art of the Rainbow Snake, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark.
1989 - A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art] ; Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Spirit in Land, Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land, National Gallery of Victoria.; Keepers of the Secrets, Aboriginal Art from Arnhemland, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Arnhem Land Dreaming, Bark Paintings from Tasmanian Collections, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
1988 - Yolngu, Aboriginal cultures of north Australia, The Royal Pavillion, Art Gallery & Museums, Brighton, United Kingdom.; The Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and touring internationally.
1987 - Ancestors and Spirits, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
1984 - Aboriginal Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land, Newcastle Regional Gallery; Aboriginal Art, an Exhibition Presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra.
1975 - Australian Bark Painting, from the collection of Dr. Edward L. Ruhe, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA.
1974 to 1976 - Art of Aboriginal Australia, touring Canada, Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Ltd.
1972 - Australian Aboriginal Art, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
1970 - Australian Aboriginal Art, The Art Galleries, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara.
1969 - Australian Aboriginal Art - The Louis A. Allen Collection, R. H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Australie, Osobnost Primitivni'ho Malire, Naprstkovo Muzeum, African and American Culture, Prague.
1963 - The Melbourne Moomba Festival, Exhibition of Aboriginal Art, presented by the Aborigines Advancement League, in conjunction with the Myer Emporium, Melbourne, Victoria.; Art of Arnhem Land, David Jones, Sydney.
Allen, L., 1975, Time Before Morning: Art and Myth of the Australian Aborigines, Thomas Crowell Company, New York. ; Beresford, A., 1993, Arnhem Land Dreaming, Bark Paintings from Tasmanian Collections, exhib. cat. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. ; Berndt, R. M. and Berndt, C. H. with Stanton, J., 1982, Aboriginal Australian Art, a Visual Perspective, Methuen Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney. ; Caruana, W. (ed.), 1989, Windows on the Dreaming, Ellsyd Press, Sydney. (C) ; Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria. ; Dussart, F., 1993, La Peinture des Aborigines D'Australie, Editions Parentheses, Marseille, France. ; Garside, S., 1984, Aboriginal Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land, Newcastle Regional Gallery, exhib. cat., Newcastle Regional Gallery, NSW. ; Groger-Wurm, H., 1973, Australian Aboriginal Paintings and their Mythological Interpretation, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra. (C) ; Isaacs, J., 1987, 'Waiting for the mob from Balgo', Art Monthly Australia, June 1987, No.1 p.20-22. ; Kupka, K., 1972, Peintres Aborigines d'Australie, Societe des Oceanistes, Musee de l'Homme, Paris. ; 1993, Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln. (C) ; Neale, M., 1994, Yiribana, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. (C) ; O'Ferrall, M., 1990, Keepers of the Secrets, Aboriginal Art from Arnhemland in the Collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. (C) ; Ruhe, E. L., 1975, Australian bark painting, from the collection of Dr. Edward L. Ruhe, exhib. cat. Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Michigan, USA. ; Ryan, J., 1990, Spirit in Land, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. ; West, M.K.C., (ed.), 1988, The Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal Australia, exhib. cat., Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. ; 1974, Art of Aboriginal Australia, exhib. cat., Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Limited. (C)
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