Dorothy Djukulul’s painting ‘Fruit Bats’ Flying Foxes from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Palya Art 0010HR

Dorothy Djukulul's painting 'Fruit Bats' Flying Foxes from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Palya Art 0010HR

Artist: Dorothy Djukulul
Language: Ganalbingu
Area: Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Artwork: Painting
Title: Fruit Bats. Flying Foxes
Date: Purchased April 1995
Medium:  Ochres on Paper
Size: 1100 x 800 mm
Palya Art: 0010HR
Price: AUD $3,600.00

Born 10th June 1942 Mugurrum, Northern Territory. Active Ramingining, Central Arnhemland, Northern Territory

Djukulul was one of the first recognized female painters in Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land. Born in 1942 at Murwangi, near Mulgurrum Outstation, and schooled in Milingimbi in the 1960’s. Djukulul was taught the art of painting from her father Dick Ngulmarmar and brothers George Milpurrurru and Charlie Djurritjni. Before painting seriously, Djukulul worked in the stockyard-mustering cattle by foot. After moving to Ramingining, Djukulul started to paint for the newly established Ramingining town and art center in the 1970’s. Djukulul soon developed a unique painting style of her own consisting of sacred designs and religious stories.

Djukulul was one of the first Ramingining women to paint her own story, moving away from her husband’s traditional patterns and totems. Djukulul moved outside the cultural traditions of Yolngu women only being associated and categorized as weavers, opening the door for other Yolngu women to be recognized as painters.

It was not until her second exhibition entitled Dorothy Djukulul and Djardie Ashley held in 1986 at the Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Melbourne. Where Robert Holmes a Court acquired ten pieces for his collection, cementing Djukulul as an established Yolngu female painter. Djukulul contributed five Dupan (Hollow Logs) for the 1988 Aboriginal Memorial, an installation of 200 Dupun commemorating the deaths of indigenous people since white occupation. The installation was exhibited at the Biennial of Sydney- beneath the Southern Cross, before moving to the National Gallery of Australia as a permanent display. Djukulul has experienced great success both nationally and internationally, with five individual exhibitions and over 30-group exhibitions, and work in numerous public and private collections, Source: Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Thousand Journeys Travelling Exhibition Itinerary 1998 – 2001

Tin Sheds, Gallery, University of Sydney, 27 March to 18 April 1998

Tamworth City Gallery, 3 July to 9 August, 1998

Newcastle City Gallery, 4 November to 13 December 1998

Albury Regional Art Centre, 9 April to 9 May 1999

Mornington Peninsula Regiona Gallery, 6 June to 18 July 1999

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 30 July to 10 September 1999

Mildura Arts Centre, 15 October to 14 November 1999

Bathurst Regional Gallery, 

Flinders University Art Museum, 24 February to 17 March 2001 

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