An image of Oysters growing on rocks at Guruwana

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

(Australia 1932 – 1981)

Milingimbi, Arnhem region, Galiwinj'ku (Elcho Island), Arnhem region
Language group
Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region, Birrkili, Arnhem region

Oysters growing on rocks at Guruwana

Other titles:
Oysters growing on rocks
Not on display
Further information

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy gives brilliant form to the conditions found at particular places in country at certain times of the day. In 'Oysters growing on rocks at Guruwana' c1960 he depicts an important location on the mainland near Elcho Island, where oysters are found. The central form in the work alludes to a rock formation under the water, to which dead, broken, empty and full oyster shells are attached, their various states indicated by the differing colours and infill techniques. This tidal country is surrounded by mud, as indicated by the yellow bands that run horizontally across the work. In the related work 'Guruwana – a sacred place' c1959, Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy provides the additional element of a band of cross-hatching within the segment of mud to indicate the presence of rocks that are covered and uncovered by saltwater as the tides rise and fall.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
circa 1960
Bark painting
natural pigments on bark
59.0 x 28.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Accession number
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