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A Fine Old Bark Painting of a Lizard & Emu Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia


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A Fine Old Bark Painting of a Lizard & Emu Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia

This very beautiful old Bark Painting was made by an Australian indigenous artist from the Oenpelli Area of Western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.  This painting depicts a Fish & Emu Bird in Xray Style.  This type of painting is often referred to as ” Xray Style ” where the internal organs of the animal are shown in detail as if taken by an Xray. In Arnhem Land where people have lived for 60,000 years, the area is famous for its Rock Shelter Paintings made by indigenous people over centuries and millenniums. These cave paintings are superb and should not be missed if visiting Australia.  Totemic Animals and Ancestral Beings are well represented in Cave Paintings.  This Bark Painting could easily be seen as a Cave Painting, likely painted in the 1950’s it shows a large kangaroo in Xray Style painted in white, yellow, black & red ochre. The painting has a real presence that the artist was communicating when he made this painting, the Kangaroo looks alive.  Early Bark Paintings like this example are rare. people hold onto them because they are so beautiful.

This superb exhibition and book on Bark Paintings from The National Museum of Australia in Canberra: Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Painters: see link :  https://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/old-masters

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic & Aboriginal Art