Dhambit Mununggurr: Gaybada - My Father was an Artist - Art Collector

Dhambit Mununggurr, Baru, 2014. Synthetic polymer paint on bark, 105 x 55cm. Courtesy: the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Alcaston Gallery presents the second solo exhibition of Dhambit Mununggurr, the daughter of the late Mutitjpuy Mununggurr and Gulumbu Yunupingu – both winners of the prestigious NATSIA award. Dhambit was born into a Yolngu family of immense creative talent, and has continued this artistic heritage.

In 2004 Dhambit Mununggurr was the first Yolngu woman to graduate as a tour guide of her country in Yirrkala, Northern Territory. Her appreciation for the natural landscape including local flora and fauna is evident in her artistic practice, using acrylic on bark painted with a Marwat (traditional Yolngu hair brush). Dhambit’s dynamic paintings and larrakitj are greatly influenced by her father, who taught her techniques including traditional carving. The use the colour green, not part of the traditional Yolngu palette, sees the artist put her own delightful spin on her traditional heritage.

Tragically hit by a truck in 2005, Dhambit was left wheelchair-bound with a serious injury. Through a combination of traditional healing and Western medicine, after 9 months of rehabilitation she was able to leave hospital and resume her art-making. Dhambit’s resilience is inspirational, and her sense of humour - so evident in her painting - brings joy and even laughter through adversity.

Gaybada – My Father Was an Artist, is a curated selection of vibrant bark paintings and larrakitj inspired by Dhambit’s father, the driving force behind her art.

Exhibition opens: 2-4pm Saturday 21 March 2015
Exhibition closes: 28 March 2015
Location: Alcaston Gallery, 11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Contact: 03 9418 6444
Email: art@alcastongallery.com.au

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