Milingimbi Mission, Arnhelm Land NT
Private Collection, NSW
David Malangi, began painting in the early 1960s, and played a vital role in the development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement. During his lifetime, he became one of the great inspirational figures of Arnhem Land art. While for many older Australians, he is best known for the image that featured on the now defunct one-dollar note, he was also a travelling ambassador for his country and his people, achieving world wide recognition for his innovative yet deeply tradition-based bark paintings.
During the 1970s and 1980s David Malangi began to take aspects of the Gurrmirringu myth and explore new compositional possibilities in individual paintings, often setting the scene with the plants and animals before the grand event. His style was unmistakable due to its masterly draughtsmanship, rich natural pigments and captivating composition.Share