An image of Trees and flying fox camp

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

(Australia 1928 – 1982)

Milingimbi, Arnhem region, Djarraya, Napier Peninsula/Arnhem region
Language group
Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

Trees and flying fox camp

Other titles:
Bark painting (Trees and flying fox camp)
Not on display
Further information

In 'Trees and flying fox camp' c1950s Binyinyuwuy provides columns of the Ganalbingu rarrk (cross-hatching) for water, alternating with the clustered floral design for the flying fox. In form this design echoes the flowers from which the bats draw nectar, while also representing their droppings that fall into the water as they fly to the nearby paperbark forest, providing the water with power. As Gallery archivist Steven Miller has noted, ‘this comparatively restrained composition successfully reduces these associated, yet divergent realities to an identifiable visual code or abbreviation’. Binyinyuwuy inherited the rights to paint this Ganalbingu design through his maternal grandmother.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
circa 1950s
Bark painting
natural pigments on bark
48.0 x 29.5 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1962
Accession number
© Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd