John Mawurndjul - Mardayin at Dilebang site - 170 x 57 cm - 2571-08ra


John Mawurndjul - Mardayin at Dilebang site - 170 x 57 cm - 2571-08ra


Artiste : John Mawurndjul

Titre de l'œuvre : Mardayin at Dilebang site

Pigments naturels sur écorce

Format : 170 x 57 cm

Provenance et certificat : centre d'art aborigène de Maningrida

Référence de la peinture : 2571-08ra

© Photo : Aboriginal signature with the courtesy of the artist & Maningrida Arts

Explications sur l’œuvre :

John Mawurndjul is one of the leading Indigenous Australian artists, receiving world recognition for his work. Kuninjku bark painter and sculptor he was born in 1952 at Mumeka, an important camping site for members of the Kurulk clan on the Mann River some 50 kms south of Maningrida settlement.

John Mawurndjul's work has always dealt with themes of spirituality, mythology and life cycle. over the last few years he has concentrated on what appear to be more abstract works associated with the Mardayin ceremony, a now rarely performed ceremony with clan identity and mortuary themes. The Mardayin ceremony also involves the initiation of young men by showing them sacred objects and painting their chests.

his work has been included in numerous shows and Gabrielle Pizzi gallery held his first solo show in 1991. During the 1990's his work has also been included in major overseas exhibitions dealing with Indigenous Australian art such as Crossroads in Japan (1992), Aratjara: Art of the first Australians in Germany and UK (1993-94), My country in Denmark (1999) and In the heart of Arnhem Land in France (2001).

More recently, in 2000 his works was featured at the Sydney Biennale and in 1999, 2002 & 2016 he won the bark painting prize at the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. 

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