Garawan Wanambi

(Australia 1965 – )

Community
Yirrkala, Arnhem region

Marrangu

Location
Not on display
Further information

Born in 1965, Garawan Wanambi belongs to Marrakulu clan. His father Munuparriwuy Wanambi, was one of the artists who worked on the historic Yirrkala Church Panels. Following his father's death when he was still quite young, Wanambi was adopted by the Marrangu clan, which is closely connected to his own Marrakula clan. His works offer innovation within the inherited clan designs of the Yirrkala region

Wanambi extends the history and practice of Yolngu painting. Whilst continuing to use natural pigments and rarrk (crosshatching), he extends the possibilities of these methods through the mixing of natural pigments to form unique colours and deliberate tonal variations. His precise geometry and complex layering of designs create a depth of field on an otherwise flattened surface and a mesmerising optical effect.

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Marrakulu
Year
2013
Media
Woodwork, Painting
Medium
natural ochres and pigment on hollow stringy bark log
Dimensions
181.0 cm high
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2014
Accession number
12.2014