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Cat.No: #9757
Lofty Nabardayai Nadjamerrek
Dream Time X-Ray Emu
natural earth pigments on bark
110 x 50 cm
[ NFS ]

Provenance: Raintree Gallery, N.T 1988 Private Collection, NSW

accompanied with a Raintree certificate

Exhibited: Director’s Selection, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 2011.

Lofty belongs to a group of artists from Southern Kunjinjku, in Arnhem Land, who originally worked together in Oenpelli and have since established outstations in the stone country. Their work is characterised by a relatively unadorned style of painting and the use of strong simple red hatching in the interior of their work. This group of artists have strong affiliations with the rocky country towards the southern limits of Kunwinjku. Lofty is known to have started his painting career painting on rock, close to his clan lands. The use of a hatching style reminiscent of rock painting is deliberate and marks their 'stone country' affiliations. They maintained this aspect of their style partly to distinguish themselves from other groups living in Oenpelli, who employ a more lively multi-coloured infill style. The figure represented in this print is Ngalkunburriyaymi, the daughter of the original rainbow serpent Yingarna.