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Thommo Nganjmirra


Acrylic on Arches paper


The ngalkordow or brolga is a large majestic grey crane, with a distinctive featherless red head, found right across northern Australia. They are often seen in large flocks on the open floodplains around Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) performing their spectacular courtship dances. These birds are a prized food source for the binninj (Aboriginal people) of Western Arnhem Land, and also have great significance as totem or dreaming. When depicted in the classic Kunwinjku ‘x-ray’ style, with internal organs showing, it indicates that it’s regarded as food than that of totemic significance. The best time of the year to hunt ngalkordow for their flesh and their eggs is kudjewk, the wet season, when they nest. The grass is moddje, which grows on the wetlands and the seeds of which are eaten by birds and animals.

Kunwinjku art is part of the oldest continuous art tradition in the world. Ancestors of today’s artists have been painting the rock walls of West Arnhem Land for tens of thousands of years. The traditional palette of white, red, yellow and black comes from the ochre that naturally occurs in the region, although contemporary artists sometimes choose to paint in acrylics as well. Kunwinjku artists famously paint using either the traditional rarrk hatching technique, or the more contemporary and complex cross hatching technique which has been adapted from ceremonial painting. These lines are painted using a manyilk, which is a piece of sedge grass shaved down until only a few fibres remain.
Artists at Injalak Art Centre have been painting on Arches 640gsm handmade watercolour paper since it was introduced as a medium by American art collecter John W. Kluge in 1990 when he commissioned a suite of paintings for the Kluge-Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia, USA. It is archival quality and has an organic texture that mimics the natural surface of bark, making it an excellent alternative in West Arnhem Land where trees suitable for bark harvesting are much sparser than other areas of the Top End of Australia.
This painting needs to be framed. It’s also being sent direct from the artist at a remote art centre, Injalak Arts, in the top end. Please note there is only one mail plane a week that takes the artwork to Gunbalanya. The tracking information is then received a week later when the mail plane returns so often the paintings are delivered before we receive the tracking information. Please expect a slightly longer wait for this very special artwork to arrive.


Leaves artist's studio in 3-8 working days

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