Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala

This major exhibition celebrates the magnificent bark paintings and larrakitj (painted hollow poles) by women artists from the Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre (Buku) in Northeast Arnhem Land.

Yolngu creation stories, conceptions of the universe, fire, and vibrant contemporary paintings exploring rhythm, tonality and gesture, are on view alongside beautiful optical illusions by Dhuwarrwarr Marika, waterlilies by Malaluba Gumana, monochromatic stars by Naminapu Maymuru-White, bold pink and blue visions by Nonggirrnga Marawili and Dhambit Mununggurr, and treasured paintings by the late Ms Wirrpanda.

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Baratjala, 2019, earth pigment and recycled print toner on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.) 115 × 90cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2020. © Noŋgirrŋa Marawili Marawili. Courtesy the artist, Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria: NGV International
17 December 2021 to 25 April 2022

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