An image of Limmen Bight River Country

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

(Australia circa 1936 – 01 Sep 2002)

Borroloola, Gulf region
Language group
Marra, Gulf region

Limmen Bight River Country

Other titles:
Not on display
Further information

Traditional in subject matter and experimental in style, the paintings of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala are impressive pictorial presences, not least because of their scale and dramatic colour schemes. As an elder of his community, the artist is entrusted with the preservation of aspects of the stories of his mother's people at Four Arches, 45 kilometres inland from Limmen Bight in the Gulf of Carpentaria.Limmen Bight country is the landscape depicted in this stately retelling of the story of the first being, a kangaroo, shown in solitary grandeur at the bottom of Riley's successively layered composition. In order to populate the world, it was the task of this being to find himself a mate. Garimala, an ancestral snake, recommended he seek out a young girl, a quest which leads the kangaroo into many deprivations and dangers. The near-fatal spearing shown in the second register was probably in punishment for his trespass on the territory of another clan. The hump-like landforms which characterise the work, and Limmen Bight itself, are believed to have resulted from the writhings of the great serpents whose appearance in this painting, and elsewhere in Aboriginal art, is significantly hieratic.

[AGNSW Handbook 1999]

Place of origin
Northern Territory, Australia
Ngukurr, South East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
243.5 x 243.5 x 3.7 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner , red synthetic polymer paint "GINGER RILEY". Not dated.

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1992
Accession number
© The Estate of Ginger Riley. Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.