Mowanjum - Paintings & Prints

Gallery 2

27 November – 23 December, 2015

 

Wandjina by Kenneth Gibson

Kenneth Gibson   |  Wandjina

Jap 012277  |  ochre on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

Ungud by Kirsty Burgu

Kirsty Burgu  |  Ungud

Jap 012305  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 45 cm

Wandjinas by Leah Umbagai

Leah Umbagai  |  Wandjinas

Jap 012302  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 30 cm

Wandjina by Mildred Mungulu

Mildred Mungulu  |  Wandjina

Jap 012299  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 30 cm

Wandjina by Mildred Mungulu

Mildred Mungulu  |  Wandjina

Jap 012301  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 30 cm

Wandjina by Mildred Mungulu

Mildred Mungulu  |  Wandjina

Jap 012300  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 30 cm

Gulawana Wandjina by Edna Dale

Edna Dale  |  Gulawana Wandjina

Jap 012289  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  59 x 42 cm

Djalala – Boundary Stones by Edna Dale

Edna Dale  |  Djalala – Boundary Stones

Jap 012286  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  59 x 42 cm

Wandjinas and Djalala by Edna Dale

Edna Dale  |  Wandjinas and Djalala

Jap 012283  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  59 x 42 cm

Wandjinas and Djalala by Edna Dale

Edna Dale  |  Wandjinas and Djalala

Jap 012284  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  59 x 42 cm

Wandjina by Mildred Mungulu

Mildred Mungulu  |  Wandjina

Jap 012296  |  acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 30 cm

Wandjina by Mildred Mungulu

Mildred Mungulu  |  Wandjina

Jap 012298  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 30 cm

Wandjina by Mildred Mungulu

Mildred Mungulu  |  Wandjina

Jap 012297  |  acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 30 cm

Waanungga – Sugar Bag by Gudu Mungulu

Gudu Mungulu  |  Waanungga – Sugar Bag

Jap 012306  |  limited edition etching  |  48.5 x 42.5 cm

Wandjinas by Edna Dale

Edna Dale  |  Wandjinas

Jap 012281  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  59 x 42 cm

Djalala & Wandjinas by Edna Dale

Edna Dale  |  Djalala & Wandjinas

Jap 012279  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  59 x 42 cm

Wandjina & Ungud by Leah Umbagai

Leah Umbagai  |  Wandjina & Ungud

Jap 012303  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 30 cm

Charnley River Wandjinas by Sandra Mungulu

Sandra Mungulu  |  Charnley River Wandjinas

Jap 007514  |  etching  |  30 x 24 cm

Marni Ngarrdi by Marylou Divilli

Marylou Divilli   |  Marni Ngarrdi

Jap 012293  |  limited edition linoprint  |  29 x 20 cm

Namarali & Ungud by Leah Umbagai

Leah Umbagai  |  Namarali & Ungud

Jap 012304  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  70 x 50 cm

Arawadi by Petrina Bedford

Petrina Bedford  |  Arawadi

Jap 012274  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 20 cm

Wandjina by Petrina Bedford

Petrina Bedford  |  Wandjina

Jap 012271  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 20 cm

Wandjinas by Sandra Mungulu

Sandra Mungulu  |  Wandjinas

Jap 007520  |  etching  |  50 x 35 cm

Wandjina Spirits by Mowanjum Artists

Mowanjum Artists  |  Wandjina Spirits

Jap 009010  |  etching  |  53 x 38.5 cm

The artists of Mowanjum are never far away from the rich cultural heritage of Wandjina culture. These creation spirits, the rainmakers, make up some of the most extensive and ancient rock art galleries in the world. A museum of culture exists in the landscape, sacred sites where the ochre images of Wandjinas stare out of the surrounding rock surfaces, watching the land and the people and the ceremonies they offer.

The ancient rock paintings have been renewed by skilled over-painting throughout the centuries. In the latter half of the 20th century local artists began to reflect their culture out to the wider world, using the ochre to paint on bark and boards and then canvas.

These small paintings being exhibited by the artists at Mowanjum project those same concerns as the earlier works of their forebears. They respect and bring forward the culture while paying homage to the traditional ways of their ancestors. These artists of Wunumbul, Worrorra and Ngarinyin language groups have a unique history that is reflected in the landscape and sacred sites of their country.

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