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John Mawurndjul

Mardayin at Dilebang - 2006

natural earth pigments on Eucalyptus bark
100.0 x 40.0 cm
Price Realised: $6,900.00

MP #229


Maningrida Arts and Culture, NT
Private Collection, Vic

Born at Mumeka, located near the Mann River in Central Arnhem Land, an important site for the Kurulk clan, John Mawurndjurl was tought by his elder brother Jimmy Njiminjuma and his uncle Peter Marralwanga. Today he guides the development of his children and his niece Irenie Ngalinba, Jimmy Njiminjuma's daughter. Originally painting mythological figures such as the Ngalyod the Rainbow serpent and totemic creatures, he has over recent years developed a more abstract style with many grid forms interlocking over the entire surface, as depicted in Mardayin Design, where the complex composition of Mawurndjul's intricate rarrk skills is evident.*

Rarrk: John Mawurndjul, Journey Through Time in Northern Australia, Museum Tinguely, Basel, 2005, p. 43