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Aboriginal Medium - Bark Paintings

Traditional artists from Australia’s far north (Arnhem Land) paint with earth pigments (ochres ground from rock) to create figurative, minimalist and abstracted bark paintings. These bark paintings range from Arnhem Land’s classic X-ray art to many other styles derived from cave painting.

The bark is cut from the trunk of the stringy bark eucaluptus trees at the end of the wet season (Nov-March) stripped from the tree by cutting from top to bottom and levering it off the tree. Placed on a fire and outer fibre is stripped to make a sheet which is flattened with stones on the ground over several days. The surface is then made smooth and earth pigments are applied using brushes made from sedge grass stems or palm leaves, the chewed ends of twigs, blades of dried grass and fine human hair. The earth pigments are traditionally ground with water and mixed with a natural adhesive or binder such as the juice of the native orchid tuber.

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bark paintings
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7735:Dick Ngulungulei, Ceremonial Spirits 7503:Tom Djimpurrpurr, Wawilag Sisters 12064:Lofty Nabardayai Nadjamerrek, Goanna 7736:Jacky Kalakala, Ceremonial Site Painting
Dick Ngulungulei - Ceremonial Spirits
Tom Djimpurrpurr - Wawilag Sisters
Lofty Nabardayai Nadjamerrek - Goanna
Jacky Kalakala - Ceremonial Site Painting
7734:Philip Gudthaykudthay, Artists Country 11175:Napuwarri Marawili, Untitled 1933:Nandabitta, Crocodile Hunting 7738:Jimmy Naromi, Wayarra Spirits
Philip Gudthaykudthay - Artists Country
Napuwarri Marawili - Untitled
Nandabitta - Crocodile Hunting
Jimmy Naromi - Wayarra Spirits
7737:Ronnie Djanbardi, Artists Country at Guyun 765:Jack Larrangai, Muki and Kolobarr - Wild Dog and Kangaroo 11174:Manini Gumana, Untitled 945:Artist unknown, Totemic Sea Creatures-set of 3
Ronnie Djanbardi - Artists Country at Guyun
Jack Larrangai - Muki and Kolobarr - Wild Dog and Kangaroo
Manini Gumana - Untitled
Artist unknown - Totemic Sea Creatures-set of 3
10040:Nuwandjali Marawili, Madarrpa at Baykuldji 11871:Charlie Djuritjini, The Artist's Dream 859:Lily Karadada, Wandlina 11873:Jimmy Machirri Pascoe, Bone Pole Story
Nuwandjali Marawili - Madarrpa at Baykuldji
Charlie Djuritjini - The Artist's Dream
Lily Karadada - Wandlina
Jimmy Machirri Pascoe - Bone Pole Story
7700:Paddy Compass Namatbara, Two Echidnas 11817:Lily Karadada, Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 7733:Artist unknown, Niwuda Wild Honey 766:David Daymirringu Malangi, Catfish
Paddy Compass Namatbara - Two Echidnas
Lily Karadada - Wandjina (Rain Spirit)
Artist unknown - Niwuda Wild Honey
David Daymirringu Malangi - Catfish
743:Jimmy Wululu, Elisabeth Wululu, Catfish 9281:Lily Karadada, Wandjina 7697:Peter Bandjurljurl, Artists country 659:James Gaykamangu, Niwuda -Wild Honey Totem
Jimmy Wululu, Elisabeth Wululu - Catfish
Lily Karadada - Wandjina
Peter Bandjurljurl - Artists country
James Gaykamangu - Niwuda -Wild Honey Totem
7728:Artist unknown, Marawada 3120:Dawidi, Wagilag 7729:January Nongyarri, Mimi Spirit 7706:Tom Djimpurrpurr, Bark
Artist unknown - Marawada
Dawidi - Wagilag
January Nongyarri - Mimi Spirit
Tom Djimpurrpurr - Bark
1455:Jimmy Galareya, 827:Artist unknown, Fish, Catfish and Goanna 2293:Mickey Ganambarr Daypurryun, Sacred Squid 601:Narrawu Wanambi, Marrnu at Djarrakpi
Jimmy Galareya -
Artist unknown - Fish, Catfish and Goanna
Mickey Ganambarr Daypurryun - Sacred Squid
Narrawu Wanambi - Marrnu at Djarrakpi
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