An image of Rain in the trees

Jimmy Lipundja

(Australia 1912 – 1968)

Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region

Rain in the trees

Other titles:
Bark painting (Rain in trees)
Not on display
Further information

'Rain in the trees' c1950s is distinct within Lipundja’s oeuvre, referring to seasonal change and the atmospherics of country. The work references the season of midawarr, just after the wet, when bush foods are ripe, animals are fat and seafoods are plentiful. At this time the wind blows from the east and it is the season for yams. It is a painting for his mother’s clan and provides an interesting comparison with the work of Binyinyuwuy of the same title, from about 1959. Both works offer an evocative image of rain replenishing country, with Binyinyuwuy’s being of the dramatic deluge and electrical storms that come with the wet, while Lipundja’s is of the following season, when lighter rains fall and the regenerative powers of seasonal change are evident.

Place of origin
Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
circa 1950s
Bark painting
natural pigments on bark
58.4 x 17.8
Purchased 1962
Accession number
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