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          Cooee Art was originally established in 1981 and runs a hybrid art model to represent and support artists in an ethical and sustainable way. We have two galleries, our flagship gallery in the heart of Aboriginal Sydney in Redfern and a boutique showroom gallery in Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach along with a seperate fine art auction wing, Cooee Art Auctions established in 2017. Cooee is now Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. Since first working with Australian Aboriginal artists in 1981, we have presented the finest First Nations art through exhibitions and events in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Dick Bininyuwuy

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Born c1928, Dick Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy was among the younger generation of artists working at the small island community of Milingimbi in Arnhem Land during the 1950s.

The young Binyinyuwuy was a ‘rebel, only visiting the station to raid the store or make havoc among the young women … After one successful raid he sent a defiant message … that he would return and repeat the performance when he pleased’. (Ann Wells, the wife of the mission superintendent from 1949) 

Following this act of rebellion, Rev. Edgar Wells spoke to the village elders, who had put Binyinyuwuy through the ‘law’ and trained him in his craft. He’d been ‘taken into the bush for several months and initiated. A front tooth was knocked out and welts were cut into his body, into which clay was rubbed’(Louis Allen). The elders told Wells that the young man displayed unique talent in painting and making sacred objects. In exchange for a painting, they decided, his transgressions would be forgotten. According to Ann Wells, ‘The painting was so good that he was promptly added to the list of artists and the money he earned was so good that he stayed’.

In the following years, Binyinyuwuy, now a respected artist in the community, produced a plethora of bark paintings, carvings and sculptures. He is known to have painted birrkulda (honey), wurrpan (emu), wan’kurra (bandicoot) and the Djalumbu (hollow log) ceremony of his mother’s clan, the Ngulmarrk ceremony and wititj (olive python) of his Ganalbingu maternal grandmother, and subject matter belonging to his own clan, the Djambarrpuyngu.

His works are included in major collections across Australia and overseas, including the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Museum of Australia, and the Seattle Art Museum.

MARKET ANALYSIS

The auction results for Bininyuwuy are dominated by two works in particular. His record selling bark, which achieved $55,200 through Sotheby’s as early as 1998, and another sold by Bonham’s in 2013 for $30,500. Both were created in the early to mid 1960s for Dorothy Bennett, acting on behalf of US collector Louis Allan.  The former depicts a Liyagallawumirri Dua Narra ceremony. The bottom of the first panel shows the dance of the sacred wallaby's. The snake at the bottom indicates that this is only for the old men of the tribe. The top of the panel represents the dance of the freshwater turtle, which is performed next. The turtle is making its way to the waterhole, indicated by the dots in the panel. The zig-zag lines in this panel represent the turtle's tracks in the grass. The other two panels are for the fan-palm dance, which is witnessed by all members of the tribe. The white dots in the panel shows the fruit of the palms.  

The latter of the two highest selling works, was resold to Reg Grundy in 1998. The painting shows the fan palms bursting with colour and life in the open forest, refreshed by rain. A goanna can be seen poised on the ground. The lower panel represents a waterhole belonging to the artist's mother's clan, the Gupapuyngu of the Yirritja moiety. We can see the long-necked freshwater tortoises in the waterhole and the zigzag pattern  of weeds that cling to their limbs. The lower right-hand panel shows the plains kangaroo (garrtjambal) and the Yirritja lightning snake. A very unusual feature is that the kangaroos (and also the wallaby) are represented in the style of x-ray art, which is more associated with works from Western Arnhem land than the east. 

The artist’s 3rd highest price is half that of the former and only 4 others have sold for more than $3,600. In all 43 lots have been offered for sale though a number of these are resales. Bininyuwuy  was recognised as a tallented carver and his highest price for a sculptral piece was for a Mokoy Spirit created in 1960 which sold at the Luczo family sale at Deutscher and Hackett in 2016 for $9,760. This transcended the price paid for the second highest record for a three dimensional piece by the artist. Diver Duck created in 1964 sold at Sotheby’s for $9,600 against a presale estimate of just $3,000-5,000.

Bininyuwuy’s success rate at auction is 55% at a healthy average  price of $7,383. His 1960s works are relatively rare and highly rated amongst those paintings of the period by his contemporaries including many of the older artists of that time.

MARKET PERFORMANCE

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
0.1906 0.3045 0.0000 0.0310 0.0000 0.0232 0.0000 0.2261 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0600 0.1746 0.0000 0.0000 0.0988 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
3/4 3/4 0/2 1/1 0/1 1/2 0/1 3/3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/3 1/2 1/2 0/1 0/1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0/0
$4,035 $10,300 $0 $960 $0 $540 $0 $5,681 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,600 $30,500 $0 $0 $9,760 $0 $0 $0
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 -

top 10 Historical artwork sales

1

The Hollow Log Ceremony c. 1965

auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd. Melbourne lot: 85 date: 29/06/1998
?? cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$55,200.00
2

The Hollow Log Ceremony C.1962

auction: Bonhams Sydney lot: 83 date: 26/06/2013
205 x 70 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$30,500.00
3

Untitled (Ceremonial Mokoy Figure) c. 1963

auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd. Melbourne lot: 59 date: 09/07/2001
Height: 84 cm Natural earth pigments on carved softwood

$15,600.00
4

Mokuy Spirit, 1960

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 70 date: 19/10/2016
77 cm height Natural earth pigments on carved softwood

$9,760.00
5

Diver Duck - Djalambu Hollow Log Ceremony 1964

auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd. Melbourne lot: 56 date: 09/07/2001
Height: 89.5 cm Natural earth pigments on carved hardwood

$9,600.00
6

Banumbu and Banumbirr

auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd. Melbourne lot: 93 date: 26/06/2000
121 x 62 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$9,200.00
7

Niwuda Wild Honey Totems c. 1963

auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd. Melbourne lot: 87 date: 24/07/2007
84 x 36 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$7,200.00
8

Bamumbirr (Morning Star Ceremony) c. 1968

auction: Joel Fine Art Melbourne lot: 88 date: 05/06/2007
76 x 54 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$6,963.00
9

Djalambu Ceremonial Skull c. 1962/3

auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd. Melbourne lot: 55 date: 09/07/2001
Height: 27 cm Natural earth pigments on carved softwood

$5,700.00
10

Untitled (Circa 1950)

auction: Sotheby's Australia Sydney lot: 64 date: 15/10/2012
62 x 42.5 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$3,600.00
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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

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