Indigenous Art by Galliwinku community on Elcho Island
Natural ochre acrylic paints in four base colours used on stretched canvas referred to by the Yolngu people as ‘white man's bark’. Prior, these images have been painted on the body or on bark for traditional cultural ceremonies.
Indigenous Art the Elcho Island Collection In 1990 was painted by members of the Galliwinku community on Elcho Island, including twenty-nine surrounding outstations.
Arts Coordinator DJ Brennan relocated with his wife Virginia daughter Ennica and son Novak to Elcho Island to assist the Yolngu people in realising their dream of a wider audience in the public domain and understanding of an ancient people.
For the first time natural ochre acrylic paints in four base used on stretched canvas, referred to by the Yolngu people as ‘white man's bark’. The community elders had been most concerned and aware that should the practice of bark painting continue no trees would be left for future generations. Prior to this and even today, these images would have been painted on the body or on bark for traditional cultural ceremonies colours.
The cross-hatched pattern of one fine line over another, a feature of Arnhem Land paintings is referred to as ‘Rarrk’. Moiety membership inherited patrilineally, determines an artist’s rights to use particular designs and patterns, allowing them also to assert their identity and relationships between individuals, groups, connection to the land and the Dreaming.
It is the acquisition of knowledge, not material possessions, that one attains status in Aboriginal culture. Art is an expression of knowledge, and hence a statement of authority.’ Aboriginal Australia, Caruana. Senior Mala Leaders of Elcho Island were determined in their efforts to create something for their children to look back on with pride and to develop an educational tool for greater understanding and awareness of these ancient people.
Andrew Galijtu (I) - Dhuwa
Andy Watjuku - Dhuwa
Ann Warrayak - Dhuwa
Bitiga - Yirritja
Charlie Madjuwi - Yirritja
Charlie Djirarrwuy - Yirritja
Daisy Warru (I) - Yirritja
Dangumbu Manyurrun - Yirritja
David Warrambulla - Dhuwa
Daymanja ( I ) - Yirritja
Djekula Bobopani - Yirritja
Dorothy Djekula Marrkula - Dhuwa
Dorothy Guyula Wamidit - Dhuwa
Dhupidj - Yirritja
Frank Djejula - Yirritja
George Barripary - Yirritja
George Liwukan - Yirritja
Helen Bitika Wunaymurra - Yirritja
James Yitirri - Yirritja
James Barripary - Yirritja
Jeffrey Dhupiditj - Yirritja
Jeffrey Walkuntjawuy - Dhuwa
Jeofferey Guranawuy - Dhuwa
Jeofferey Walkuntjawuy - Dhuwa
Johny Barrmula - Yirritja
Joy Manyguluma - Dhuwa
Judy Manay - Dhuwa
Kalley Yalkarriwuy - Dhuwa
Kenny Djekurr - Dhuwa
Len Wedui - Dhuwa
Linda Namilyal - Dhuwa
Mary Marrnyla - Dhuwa
Michael Mungula - Yirritja
Mickey Mumarra Ganambarr - Dhuwa
Mickey Daypurryun (II) (wife Megan) - Yirritja
Micky Daypurryun (I)
Mickey Mumarra Ganambarr - Dhuwa
Micky Daypurryun (II) - Dhuwa
Micky Daypurryun (I) - Dhuwa
Mutjayja - Dhuwa
Muwarra - Dhuwa
Ross Belu - Yirritja
Samual Badikupa - Dhuwa
Selena Galang - Yirritja
Steven Bunbatjun - Dhuwa
Steven Dhongun Bukulatpi - Yirritja
Steven Dhonogun Bukulatpi - Dhuwa
Steven Bunbajtun - Dhuwa
Trever Wunywuny - Yirritja
Tony Buwang Buwang - Dhuwa
Tony Djikulu - Yirritja
Unknown Story and Name promised
Wilson Lawajura - Dhuwa
AUSTRALIA – NORTH EAST ARNHEM LAND - ELCHO ISLAND
ART COLLECTION I & II
CANVAS / BARK IMAGES ON CANVAS 1990 - ABORIGINAL ART
From Elcho Island, North East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory of Australia, the first major collection of bark images on canvas mainly in Acrylic Ochre, collectively held, documented and recorded on a one to one basis with each artist.
This collection is of national importance, a major shift towards more accessible and portable Arnhem land art and spiritual expression of the artist on Elcho Island. An important collection, extremely suitable for overseas exhibition and marketing. Its portability and lack of conservation problems a distinct advantage, opening new doors for Aboriginal art from Arnhem land Australia.
You would like to know more about Aboriginal Art, your curiosity challenged? As an introduction, this summary of Aboriginal art may help you to understand what it is that makes this art form recognisable as a school of its own, ABORIGINAL ART.
Aboriginal art uniqueness of spirit and originality of performance is applauded and rewarded, categorised into “dot”, “x-ray” or “urbanised”. Often just having aboriginal ancestors making one an aboriginal artist. To accept this, you are accepting the idea that all aboriginal paintings have equal significance.
Aboriginal art is unique, which is why you get so many variations. The results are outstanding, stimulating and challenging to the mind. Aboriginal art demonstrates, in illustration, the lateral thinking of the Aboriginal people in life. No two artists are the same, the adaptability their trademark, their survival and dependent on just that. Aboriginal Art is unique. As unique as you and I.
Take the challenge, discover for yourself it will open your mind, enrich your life with information, its meaning and mystery. A tangible expression of Aboriginal Culture sustained over an incredible period of 40,000 years.
The 1990 Elcho Island Traditional Art Collection is the result of Senior Mala Leaders, Micky Daypurruyun, and George Liwukan, profound concern for their children, they sought assistance to open up social and economic avenues of opportunity through their art practice so that there would be something left to build on and respect.
Senior Mala Leaders of Elcho Island were determined in their efforts to create something for their children to look back on with pride and to develop an educational tool for greater understanding and awareness of these ancient people.