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Works by world famous Indigenous artist to feature at CDU Art Gallery  

[supplied by CDU]

Master bark painter John Mawurndjul AM. Image: supplied

A survey of works by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists – master bark painter John Mawurndjul AM – will feature at Charles Darwin University (CDU) Art Gallery until the end of May.

 

More than 50 of Mr Mawurndjul’s most celebrated artworks will be showcased in the exhibition, which opens tomorrow, spanning the 40-year career of the renowned Arnhem Land artist.

 

Mr Mawurndjul is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk (cross-hatching) and his depiction of djang (a sacred site or totemic emblem), a tradition shared by generations of Kuninjku artists.

 

Born in 1952, he lives and works in Milmilngkan in western Arnhem Land and Maningrida in central north Arnhem Land, where his bark paintings and sculptures tell the stories of Kuninjku culture and the significant locations surrounding his home.

 

CDU Art Gallery Curator Dr Joanna Barrkman said the university’s gallery was fortunate to be the final venue on the exhibition’s national tour.

 

“Mr Mawurndjul is arguably one of Australia’s most well-known living artists and we are incredibly privileged to have this exhibition visit CDU. It will take visitors on an extraordinary journey across country and culture,” she said.

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