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Edward Blitner Paintings

Edward Blitner Paintings

Edward Blitner - Arhnem Land Artist, cross-hatch paintings, animal totems and Mimi Spirits.

Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner was born in southern Arnhemland in 1961. His bush name is Taiita and he is from the Ngukkurr Community (now called Yugul Mangl) in Naiyarlindji country on the Roper River, approximately 270 km south-east of Katherine in the Northern Territory.

Later Edward Blitner attended school at Concordia College in Adelaide until he was sixteen. When he returned to the north as a young man he worked as a stockman and general hand on Victoria River Downs. Edward Blitner was at the Gurrinji walkout when he was a youth, and has mixed with all of the language groups who populate the northern country from Roper River to Kununurra. This part of the country remained home for the next thirty years. Edward Blitner has also lived for periods of time at Katherine, Victoria River, Kununurra and Broome.

Edward Blitner started painting when he was seven, learning from his grandfather who painted with natural ochres on bark. He says of this time, “My grandfather would be painting on bark and we kids would sit around him and watch him grind the ochres and mix the colours. After a while he would tell us the story for that particular painting and also teach us the songs and dance for that story. When he was in a very good mood, he let us paint the sides of the bark painting. That was my start.”

It has taken Edward Blitner many years to learn to paint the stories and the Dreamings passed on to him by his grandfather. He is also an accomplished woodcarver. Some of his bird carvings stand two meters high and are fully decorated and cross-hatched. The detailed cross-hatching forms part of the paintings and carvings, and is from the artist’s clan design. Edward Blitner uses the styles and subject matter of his traditional country in southern Arnhemland. He maintains the palette of natural ochre colours he usually adopts for the traditional patterning of cross-hatching referred to as rrarrk.

Selected Exhibitions

1998     Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Awards, Darwin NT
1999     Spirits of the Dreaming, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW
2000     Love Magic Exhibition, The Australia Trust, Sydney NSW
2012     Edward Blitner: Stories from my Grandfather, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

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Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014385  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

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Crocodile and Mimi Spirits by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile and Mimi Spirits

Jap 014694  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 82 cm

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Brolgas and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Crocodile

Jap 014388  |  acrylic on canvas  |  123 x 101 cm

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Magpie Geese and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese and Crocodile

Jap 014697  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 100 cm

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Brolgas and Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014301  |  acrylic on canvas  |  208 x 150 cm

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Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014372  |  acrylic on canvas  |  185 x 100 cm

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Kangaroo Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Kangaroo Dreaming

Jap 014700  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 80 cm

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Crocodile Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile Dreaming

Jap 014373  |  acrylic on canvas  |  184 x 100 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod

Jap 014369  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 87 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014698  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 97 cm

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Crocodile Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile Dreaming

Jap 014384  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 80 cm

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Crocodile and Billabong by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile and Billabong

Jap 014701  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 83 cm

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Brolgas and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Crocodile

Jap 014302  |  acrylic on canvas  |  208 x 155 cm

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Mimi Hunting by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi Hunting

Jap 014158  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 150 cm

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Kangaroo and Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Kangaroo and Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014159  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 149 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod

Jap 014370  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 86 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014695  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 80 cm

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Magpie Geese and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese and Crocodile

Jap 014696  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 100 cm

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Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014699  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Kangaroos and Water by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Kangaroos and Water

Jap 014229  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 57 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014230  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 62 cm

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Brolgas and Fish by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Fish

Jap 014239  |  acrylic on canvas  |  77 x 44 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014240  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 44 cm

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Mimi and Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi and Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014386  |  acrylic on canvas  |  210 x 150 cm

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Brolga and Fish by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolga and Fish

Jap 014232  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 60 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014387  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 100 cm

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Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014371  |  acrylic on canvas  |  184 x 100 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014234  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 68 cm

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Brolga Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolga Dreaming

Jap 014231  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 62 cm

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Rainbow Serpent and Mimis by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent and Mimis

Jap 014242  |  acrylic on canvas  |  36 x 26 cm

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Rainbow Serpent and Mimis by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent and Mimis

Jap 014244  |  acrylic on canvas  |  37 x 25 cm

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Turtle by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Turtle

Jap 014250  |  acrylic on canvas  |  39 x 26 cm

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Mimi and Sawfish by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi and Sawfish

Jap 014251  |  acrylic on canvas  |  39 x 27 cm

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Rainbow Serpent and Mimis by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent and Mimis

Jap 014252  |  acrylic on canvas  |  37 x 26 cm

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Lightning Spirits by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Lightning Spirits

Jap 006057  |  acrylic on canvas  |  128 x 89 cm

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