An image of Baratjala

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

(Australia circa 1939 – )

Community
Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Madarrpa, Arnhem region

Baratjala

Other titles:
Baratjula
Location
Not on display
Further information

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili paints with courage and conviction. Her commanding works are imbued with an immense knowledge of Country rendered with passion. Hers is not an art of precision and exactidude, but one of verve and vigour. Noŋgirrŋa is interested in the atmospheric effects created as Country is brought to life through the movement of wind, water or unseen forces. She is not just documenting sites in Country, but capturing the dynamism of a living landscape.

Marawili began her career as a printmaker, but in recent years has further honed her skills in painting and dramatically altered her practice. Marawili paints alongside Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu at Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka in Yirrkala and together these ladies are forging a new identity for painting in the region. Within painting traditions of north-eastern Arnhem Land, the continual reduction of imagery in Marawili’s work and the restraint she shows in retaining bold areas of background painting, devoid of detailing, are courageous. While Marawili does not break with tradition, she certainly pushes at its boundaries.

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Madarrpa, Arnhem region
Year
2018
Media
Painting
Medium
natural pigments and synthetic polymer paint on paper
Dimensions
61.0 x 46.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2018
Accession number
109.2018
Copyright
© Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, courtesy Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre