John Mandjuwi Guruwiwi, ‘Stingray’ 1998, Elcho Island, Cat No: PALYA-0286HR

John Mandjuwi Guruwiwi, 'Stingray' 1998, Elcho Island, Cat No: PALYA-0286HR

Artist: John Mandjuwi Guruwiwi
Language group: Dhangu
Area: Elcho Island
Artwork is:
Title: Stingray
Date: 1998
Medium: Natural ochres on bark
Size: 1180 x 680 mm
Elcho Island Art & Craft Cat No: 11/1834/MAN
Palya Art Cat No: PALYA-0286HR
Price: $6,600 AUD Including GST where applicable

John Mandjuwi Guruwiwi
Born C-1934 – October 2000. Active Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island, Northern Territory
John Mandjuwi Guruwiwi’s Homeland is Gika – Adjacent to Matamata which is set on a mangrove beach facing North across the Nalawarung Straits in far North Northeastern Arnhem Land. His Skin Group is Gawurr and language Dhangu and the spiritual themes John is related to are:

Wititj – The oldest human religious myth, the Rainbow Serpent which is key to Galpu identity. Its prism of colour in sinuous form summons the power of tempest and the shimmer of wet leaves.

Bol’ngu – In common with all Dhuwa clans, is a patch of dedicated rainforest which generates the cloud and merges with others to form Thunderman the embodiment of the monsoon cloud mass.

Banumbirr – The Morning Star (Venus) connecting Buralku – the island of the Dead with The Two Sisters with Wurrkadi, (pictured in the painting) larvae of the Horned beetle.

Mithinarri (1929-1976) is one of the Yirrkala Church Panel artists whose work has been sought after in the secondary market. His daughter Djul’tjul paints from Gurrumurru. Djalu Gurruwiwi has attained international fame as the best known yidaki maker and player from East Arnhem throughout a period when the instrument has become a global phenomenon.

Besides Yirrkala, members of the Galpu speaking language group live at Galiwinku, Goulburn Island, Gunyungarra, Gangan and Galupa. John Mandjuwi Gurruwiwi is a respected Galpu artist whose work is held in the National Gallery of Australia.

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