Mawalan Marika |
Mathaman Marika |
Waḏaymu Ganambarr | Djan’kawu Creation Story 1
"Djan’kawu—two sisters and a brother—arrived here from the spirit world Burralku (also called Gulwayulwa, Gulirrwulirr, Ninimbiyarra, and Djanbamagarr). On the horizon, they saw the thunder cloud Wulma Birrwirryuwanawan, which gave them the idea to journey across the sea by dugout canoe. They talked among themselves, making preparations, and put their sacred objects in the dugout canoe and began paddling. The paddle they used was the mawalan. "
– WANYUBI MARIKA
Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
75 ½ x 27 ½
191.8 x 69.8
Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Dr. Stuart Scougall, 1959. IA64.1959
About The Artist
Mawalan Marika was the head of one of Australia’s most important artistic dynasties. In 1935, he negotiated the establishment of the Methodist mission at Yirrkala. He was instrumental in the painting of the Yirrkala Church Panels and was a signatory to the Yirrkala Bark Petitions. In the 1960s, he broke with tradition by being the first to teach his daughters to paint.
The brother of Larrtjanŋa Ganambarr, Waḏaymu Ganambarr was taught to paint by Mawalan Marika, assisting him on the painting Djan’kawu Creation Story (1959) commissioned by Stuart Scougall and Tony Tuckson for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Preferring to live at Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island), he produced a number of works in brightly colored inks and acrylic paint on paper for the collector John Money between 1968 and 1971.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Baltimore Museum of Art