Bark Painting by Dawidi Ḻliyagalawumirr


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Eucalyptus Bark & natural earth pigments; 1960’s. Artist:  Dawidi Liyagalawumirr. Big, early NE Arnhem Land superb example.


Length: 127 cm (50 inches)

Width: 42 cm (16.5 inches)


Dawidi inherited the role of ritual leader of the Liyagalawumirr when his father, Yilkari Kitani died in 1956. Too inexperienced to assume full responsibility for the role at that time, he was aided by his uncle, Tom Djäwa and was tutored in the art of Dhawadanygulili (1900-1976) until about 1963. David featured prominently in the exhibition ‘The Painters of the Wagilag Sisters’ Story 1937-97 at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in 1997, and further in NGA’s 2014 Old Masters – Australia’s Great Bark Artists exhibition. He is represented in major public collections in the US, France and of course, in Australia.


 Purchased from the Manrgida Community, in the Northern Territory during the late 1970’s. Catalogue #BP00674. It was valuated by Dorothy Bennett (relevant catalogue # 1-3430), then noted bark painting authority in Darwin, NT;


Private Australian collection.



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