Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra

(Australia 1952 – 14 Mar 2018)

Community
Arnhem Land, NO REGION SPECIFIED
Language group
Yolngu

Waŋupini

Location
Not on display
Further information

“The sun rises and sets, painting the clouds. The spirits are born and die, to be reborn once more. Makassan friends from Indonesia visit for trade, arriving with the northern monsoon and departing on the winds associated with bulunu (the south-east cloud formations that bring rain). This painting charts the Djapana song cycle (Djapana means ‘sunset’ in Yolŋu matha or language, and ‘farewell’ in Bugis, an Indonesian dialect). The anvil and triangular shapes are clouds, pregnant women and the sails of red prau (an Indonesian fishing boat). This takes place at the marŋarr (an ancestral Makassan port) in Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra’s Dhalwaŋu clan at Gurrumuru, upstream from Arnhem Bay. He died days after submitting this work (for the 2018 Wynne Prize). He declined medical treatment, confident of returning.”

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
2017
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
175.0 x 73.0 cm
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors’ Group 2018
Accession number
242.2018
Copyright
© Nawurapu Wunnunmurra