An image of Rain in the trees

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

(Australia 1928 – 1982)

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

Rain in the trees

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

The atmospherics of country are evocatively captured by Binyinyuwuy in Rain in the trees c1959, as he gives form to the seasonal rains that fall as the north wind blows, normally around November or December. In the lower section he portrays the patterns of lightning that are seen in the clouds. Finely painted and multicoloured, these reverberating bands give visual form to the dynamic forces that activate the landscape and enact the renewal and replenishment that is brought by the wet season each year. If read in planar view, they also provide an image of the subterranean effects wrought by this deluge.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
circa 1959
Bark painting
natural pigments on bark
74.0 x 39.4 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

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