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Gulumbu Yunupingu

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Gulumbu Yunupingu had already lived a full and busy life before becoming an artist of international standing. Parent, teacher, health worker, translator and compassionate friend to many in her community, she attributed the beginning of her painting career (at the age of 56), to a dream/vision she had while camping out under the stars. The voice was strong, she recalls: “Do this!” The stories she paints, on bark and on larrakitj (ceremonial poles), hark back to her childhood years when her parents told her the traditional Ancestral stories of her Yolgnu heritage. She inherited the right to paint them from her father, the clan leader and artist, Munggurraway Yunupingu (one of the original presenters of the bark petition). Gulumbu Yunupingu states that her art is about the entire universe, stars that can be seen by the naked eye as well as everything beyond and before. She believes that the night sky can bring people of all places and times together, in harmony: “There is healing for people,” she said, “when they see beauty.”

Yunupingu builds her night sky with sweeping series of infinitesimal lines and dots, patterns inspired and developed from Arnhem Land’s traditional rarrk designs. Her shimmering surface, created through the complexity of crossed and overlapping shapes, reflects the Ancestral presences that Yolgnu artists have always sought to achieve through their characteristic fine patterning. Conversely, the layers of stars, their tonal gradations and differing areas of density also draw the eye beyond, capturing a sense of atmospheric depth. The magic and majesty of the endless universe appears to the viewer as something familiar but also something we can never fully comprehend. Particular constellations relate to figures from the Dreamtime, such as the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades travelling across the sky in their canoe or the brothers of the Orion constellation. The stories relate to the seasons and changes in the hunting and gathering of bush foods.

Sometimes Yunupingu’s stars can be seen to have an eye at their centre. Yunupingu tells the story of being a little girl and her mother telling her that the moisture she felt settling on her at night, even when no clouds were visible, was possibly tears from the stars.  After winning the NATSIAA art award (2004), Yunupingu was chosen to create the re-opening exhibit for the Quai Branly Museum in Paris (2006). The thousand of stars painted on the museum ceiling, in white, black, red and yellow ochres, are illuminated at night so passers by can view them through the large front windows of the museum.

As a young girl, Yunupingu attended the community mission school before marrying and having children. She married Yirrkala artist, Mutitjpuy Munuggurr, also a NATSIAA winner (1990). The Yunupingu clan are highly esteemed and have been influential in promoting Yolgnu culture, (her brother is the singer in Yothu Yindi) but the family is no stranger to tragedy, with three of Yunupingu’s four children suffering accident and injury. It was this perhaps that tapped Yunupingu into the universality of human feeling which has always managed to touch a chord when she was asked to give a speech at an art event. She gently stressed the importance of understanding and compassion and often brought the audience to tears.  Yunupingu had great faith in her fellow artists. She felt there was no danger of the wisdom of her tradition being lost as the elders pass away. The young ones will always pick up the threads and make it their own, building on the knowledge, designs and techniques from the past and weaving in their own interpretations and perspectives, much as she herself had always done. She died in 2012, serenaded with sacred songs and surrounded by her family and community.  Her short but intense art career saw her work exhibited around the world and collected by Australia’s state and national galleries.

 

MARKET ANALYSIS

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MARKET PERFORMANCE

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.1149 0.1806 0.1249 0.1008 0.3651 0.2298 0.2056 0.4852 0.3929 0.2209 0.0000 0.4623 0.0000 0.4908 0.1108
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$0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,200 $8,154 $15,600 $10,158 $14,810 $13,200 $10,565 $14,716 $9,649 $12,200 $0 $13,359 $0 $26,767 $12,273
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 -

top 10 Historical artwork sales

1

Garak (Larrakitj), 2011 (3)

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 40 date: 18/03/2020
189, 189 and 152 cm Natural earth pigments on hollow logs

$39,040.00
2

Ganyu (Stars), 2009

auction: Sotheby's New York lot: 47 date: 04/12/2020
161 x 70 cm Earth pigments on bark

$30,525.00
3

Gan'yu (Stars), 2009

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 72 date: 26/03/2014
194 x 71 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$28,800.00
4

The Universe, 2006

auction: Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris lot: 37 date: 09/05/2011
242 x 15 cm Natural ochres on wood

$24,234.00
5

Gan'yu (Stars), 2004

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 94 date: 26/03/2014
248 cm height Natural earth pigments on hollow log

$24,000.00
6

Gan'yu (Stars) (2006)

auction: Mossgreen Auctions Melbourne lot: 2 date: 21/07/2015
153 x 75 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$21,960.00
7

Gan'yu (Stars), 2007

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 54 date: 13/06/2018
166 x 84 cm (irreg.) Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

$21,960.00
8

Larrakitj

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 75 date: 04/04/2012
217 cm height Natural earth pigments on hollow log

$18,000.00
9

Gan'yu (Stars), Larrakitj, 2006

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 55 date: 13/06/2018
197 cm height Natural earth pigments on hollow log

$15,860.00
10

Gan'yu

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 72 date: 14/10/2009
233 cm height Natural earth pigments with PVC fixative on hollow log

$15,600.00
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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.

© COOEE ART 1981 – 2021