Kuninjku (Eastern Kunwinjku) people

Mumeka, near Mann River, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia born 1952

Mardayin design at Dilebang 2006 Place made: Maningrida, Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, bark paintings, natural earth pigments on stringybark

Dimensions: (Unframed) 203.0 h x 47.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2007
Accession No: NGA 2007.196
Image rights: © John Mawurndjul, courtesy Maningrida Arts & Culture
  • My work and my rarrk (crosshatching) have changed a lot since I started painting a long time ago [late 1970s]. That was with my brother [Jimmy Njiminjuma] and together, we have changed the rarrk and started to paint in a new style. We are new people… Now, I concentrate on painting important places, my land, my djang (sacred places). I paint the power of that land. I mainly paint Milmilngkan, Kakodbebuldi, Mukkamukka, Dilebang, Mumeka, Kurrurldul, Mirelk and Kudjarnngal. They are very important places for us, they have meanings. I keep thinking, I keep finding new ways, new styles for my paintings. I just can’t stop thinking about my paintings. I also teach other people, I help them, I give them advices and I tell them to make strong paintings. My children, they are now painting.
    John Mawurndjul with Apolline Kohen, 2007

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra