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Wandjuk Marika, 1979

Juno Gemes

gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper (sheet: 51.0 cm x 60.8 cm, image: 31.8 cm x 44.0 cm)

Wandjuk Marika (1929-1987), artist, was a Rirrratjingu (Yolgnu) man, a member of the Marika family of artists from the Gove Peninsula. His father was Mawalan Marika, one of the original bark painters at Rev Wilbur Chaseling's mission; his sister is Banduk Marika; and his son, also Mawalan, is also an artist. Wandjuk Marika and others developed a distinctive clan style of representing myth episodes in large bark paintings, and began a campaign to secure copyright for Aboriginal artists that was perpetuated by his sister Banduk. Wandjuk Marika was a founding member of the Aboriginal Arts Board and served as its chairman from 1979.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004
© Juno Gemes

Accession number: 2004.46

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Juno Gemes (age 35 in 1979)

Wandjuk Marika (age 50 in 1979)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.