Bark, 30 August - 24 September 2016
Aboriginal Bark Paintings are rarely seen in New Zealand, so we are proud to present, in partnership with the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, an exhibition of new work by Yolngu artist Nonggirrnga Marawili.
Nonggirrnga was born c.1939 in Arnhem Land, beginning her career as a printmaker before shifting her focus to work in ochre and natural pigments on bark.
Nonggirrnga's unique and innovative visual language - a poised and instinctive feel for negative space combined with traditional cross-hatch motifs - has led to her works being recognised and sought after by contemporary art collectors as well as by Public Collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and National Gallery of Australia.
Nonggirrnga Marawili was the winner of the prestigious Bark Painting Award at the 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. She is represented in Australia by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.