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Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba) paints barks & hollow logs, feeling the spirit of the tree that decides the design to be painted on it

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

When Maningrida artist Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba) approaches his artwork, he often starts by walking through his country looking at the trees and fallen logs. What he is looking for is the spirit of the wood, how it talks to him and how it presents its story. By sensing the presence in the timber, Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba) thinks about how the painting will be expressed. He feels the attraction of a particular tree and its destiny, that it is to be part of making a particular design into an artwork.

This integration of nature and the land and the design stories of his ancestors all merge into the final artwork. Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba) is a senior man in his clan group and is emerging as an artist expressing his own country’s totemic Creation stories.

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Waterholes by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Waterholes

Jap 011572  |  ochre on bark  |  120 x 44 cm

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Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 011573  |  ochre on bark  |  132 x 50 cm

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The Wind at Mankolod by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  The Wind at Mankolod

Jap 011575  |  ochre on bark  |  156 x 44 cm

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Waterhole at Barlpamarra by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Waterhole at Barlpamarra

Jap 011576  |  ochre on bark  |  150 x 48 cm

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Fish Trap – Angujechiya by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Fish Trap – Angujechiya

Jap 011569  |  ochre on bark  |  138 x 47 cm

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Gungara – Spiralling Wind by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Gungara – Spiralling Wind

Jap 011571  |  ochre on bark  |  151 x 42 cm

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Mimih Spirit by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Mimih Spirit

Jap 011583  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 152 cm

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