David MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU | The Hunter Myth

 
MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU, David
Australia 1927 – 1999
The Hunter Myth
diagonal amorphic tree/spirit form with white berries in bottom left corner 1967
Bark Painting
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
47.0 (h) x 38.0 (w) cm
Purchased 2001 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 2001.156
© David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
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One day, Gurrmirringu was carrying home the fruits of a good day’s hunting when he rested by a waterhole in the shade of a wurrumbuku [white berry tree] to cook some of his catch. Some stories record that an evil spirit lurked in the trees roots causing a king brown snake to rise from the roots and bite Gurrmirringu, killing him.

The evil tree spirit was an occasional subject of Malangi’s. The evil connotation was expressed in painting by a beaked and clawed diagonal figure and jagged forms merging with the gnarled tree forms.

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