Miniyawany Yunupingu

(Australia 1947 – 2008)

Yirrkala, Biranybirany, Arnhem region
Language group
Gumatj, Arnhem region

Gumatj larrakitj

Not on display
Further information

Miniyawany Yunupingu comes from an esteemed artistic family. His father was the famed Gumatj artist Bununggu Yunupingu, whose works from the late 1950s are represented in the Gallery’s collection. Miniyawany Yunupingu followed in his father’s footsteps acquiring a high level of cultural knowledge that he embedded in his art practice. He was also an accomplished dancer, traveling around Australia as a young man with Lance Bennett’s cultural dance group.
Yunupingu was not a prolific artist. However, he is recognised for his precise renditions of the Gumatj diamond design, which underline the figurative elements in this work, ‘Gumatj Larrakitj’ 1998. The work was painted by Yunupingu over several months between November 1997 and February 1998, with assistance from his wife Banbiyak Mununggurr. The work documents in complex details the journey of the ancestral Gumatj fire to the beaches of Biranybirany and beyond, to the river and its upper reaches where swamps are shrouded by paperbarks.

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Gumatj, Arnhem region
natural pigments on wood
50.0 x 50.0 x 330.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Tim Allison 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
© Estate of Miniyawany Yunupingu