David MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU | Gurrmirringu - The Great Hunter

Australia 1927 – 1999
Gurrmirringu - The Great Hunter
139.1984 Figure sculpture, no arms, bands on face, white berry (dotted) motif on torso and legs from shoulder line 1983
natural pigments on carved wood
167.0 (h) x 30.0 (w) x 15.0 (d) cm
Purchased 1984 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
© David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

The wurrumbuku [white berry tree] identifies Gurrmirringu’s presence. He harvested fruit and scattered the berries across the landscape including the nearby islands of Garangala and Mooroonga.

The significance of the wurrumbukuin association with Gurrmirringu is expressed by Malangi in a number of ways. The berries are sometimes scattered across the background of the painting as well as aligned with the tree’s leaves. In sculptural work, the berry tree and the figure of Gurrmirringu become synonymous, with berries adorning the figure.

The white berry tree became a signature design for Malangi.

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