An image of Baratjala- Lightning and the Rock

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

(Australia circa 1939 – )

Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Madarrpa, Arnhem region

Baratjala- Lightning and the Rock

Other titles:
Baratjula- Lightning and the Rock
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 Yunupingu at Buku-
Larrnggay 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

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
natural pigments and synthetic polymer paint on paper
61.0 x 41.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

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