Larrakitj (Hollow Logs) by Djirrirra Wunungmurra from North Eastern Arnhem Land

Hollow Logs - Larrakitj - by Djirrirra Wunungmurra from Yirrkala in far North East Arnhem Land

Djirrirra (also known as Yukuwa) assisted her father, Yanggarriny Wunungmurra (1932 – 2003), in his Telstra Award winning painting of 1997 and continually up to his death in 2003. She has also assisted her brother Nawurapu Wunungmurra, but now primarily paints her own works. Her father granted her this authority whilst he was alive.

Her precise hand and geometric style has increasingly attracted enthusiastic interest from the art world. As she came to the notice of Buku-Larrnggay coordinators for her exquisite hand and innovative composition, she was included in her first major exhibition and her first visit to the world outside of Arnhem Land, in a show at Raft Artspace in Darwin in 2006, which featured her and two other Gangan artists Yumutjin Wunungmurra and Waturr Gumana.

In 2007 she was selected for Cross Currents, a major art survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Her rise to a level of notice was cemented when she was awarded the TOGA Northern Territory Contemporary Art Award in 2008. From here she was invited to her first solo show at Vivien Anderson Gallery in 2009. She has lived at the remote homeland of Gangan since she was born (before Western housing was erected), and has three children.     Source: Buku Llarngay Mulka, Yirrkala.

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