Maningrida Arts and Culture Centre, NT Cat. No 1250-08
Private Collection, NSW
Cooee Art, NSW
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Maningrida Arts
Kuninjku artist Ivan Namirrkki was taught to paint in a figurative manner by his father Peter Marralwanga (1917–1987) – a renowned bark painter and contemporary of David Yirawala. To distinguish his own figurative works from those of his father Namirrkki often used black paint as the background to the figures although, like his father, he also became adept at varying the pattern of infill from rarrk, to dotting, to sections of full colour, to create dynamic visual effects. In the late 1990s, Namirrkki moved to paint geometric work in the Mardayin style. His style is very strongly symmetrical with evenly spaced bands of rarrk arrayed in concentric diamond forms. This diamond arrangement has become his signature and it features as the background of works that show the complex interconnections between waterholes in his country. He also contrasts this patterning with dotting and other variations of rarrk to indicate the power of the sites.
The Lorrkon, is used in the final ceremony in the sequence of mortuary rituals celebrated by the people of the Arnhem Land. This ceremony involves the placing of the deceased’s bones into a hollow log which is decorated with painted clan designs and ceremonially placed into the ground where it remains until it slowly decays over many years. The log is made from a termite hollowed stringybark tree (Eucalyptus tetradonta) and is decorated with totemic emblems.’Share