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Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards


Recipient of the Western Australian Indigenous art award 2011

The recipient of the richest Indigenous art award in Australia, the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awardof $50,000 is Gunybi Ganambarr
 

Gunybi Ganambarr

Language: Yolngu matha
Moeity: Dhuwa
Clan: Ngaymil


"Gunybi Ganambarr’s works of art – informed by his Yolngu identity – offer sumptuously rich aesthetic experiences. They come into being through his masterful command of media and a willingness to explore new formal and imaginative territories through the incorporation of unexpected materials such as conveyor belt rubber and insulation material. Ganambarr’s unique approach to creating sculptural forms, often incised, or giving them further dimension through a process of building up existing surfaces, creates depth and space across otherwise flat planes. These contain, and project an incredible amount of pictorial activity. Whilst working with a palette of restrained colours, Ganambarr produces strikingly complex works which shimmer with energy and complicated nuance. In this, he reveals himself as a true innovator both within his community and the broader field of contemporary Australian art."   Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Curator of Indigenous Art

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Image: courtesy of of the artist and the Buku-Larrnggay Centre, Yirrkala

     

 


Gunybi Ganambarr
Buyku 2011
ochre, earth pigment and acrylic binder on bark
152.0 x 77.0 cm, irregular
Artwork courtesy of the artist and the Buku-Larrnggay Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory
Image © Gunybi Ganambarr, courtesy of the artist and the Buku-Larrnggay Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory


Gunybi Ganambarr
Dhangultji (detail) 2010
ochre, earth pigment, sawdust and acrylic binder on hollow log
189.0 cm height
Artwork courtesy of the artist and the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre,
Yirrkala, Northern Territory
Image © Gunybi Ganambarr, courtesy of the artist and the
Buku-Larrnggay Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory

 


Gunybi Ganambarr
Milngurr 2011
ochre, earth pigment and acrylic binder on rubber 97.0 x 77.0 cm
Artwork courtesy of the artist and the Buku-Larrnggay Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory
Image © Gunybi Ganambarr, courtesy of the artist and the Buku-Larrnggay Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory

 

 

 

Last reviewed 9 November 2011

 
 
     

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