An image of The rain man

Wandjuk Marika

(Australia circa 1930 – 16 Jun 1987)

Community
Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Rirratjingu, Arnhem region

The rain man

Location
Not on display
Further information

'The rain man' was collected by the legendary Dorothy Bennett. It depicts the story of the Rain Man who came to Buckingham Bay by canoe bringing with him two catfish. He caused the rain to come in a great flood so that all the trees and grass were covered. All this water causes the freshwater turtle to come out swimming. The cross-hatching represents water and the dotted diagonal lines are hailstones.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1960s-circa 1970s
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
Dimensions
82.0 x 42.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the Estate of Laurence Harrison 2004
Accession number
142.2004
Copyright
© Wandjuk Marika. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia