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David Gulpilil, 1978

Juno Gemes

inkjet print (sheet: 50.5 cm x 61.0 cm, image: 33.4 cm x 50.8 cm)

David Gulpilil (b. 1953), actor and dancer, was born near Maningrida in Arnhem Land, a man of the Mandalbingu people. After his electrifying appearance in Nicolas Roeg's film 'Walkabout' (1971), he became the best known Aboriginal actor of the 1970s. Other film appearances include 'Storm Boy' (1976), The Last Wave (1977) 'Crocodile Dundee' (1986) and 'Rabbit Proof Fence' (2002). Some years ago, Gulpilil returned to his ancestral lands to subsist through hunting crocodiles and fishing. He has explored the contradictions and difficulties of straddling traditional and European cultures in a smash one-man stage show, 'Gulpilil' (2004), conceived by Stephen Page and Neil Armfield, for which he received standing ovations at every performance. A portrait of Gulpilil by Craig Ruddy, 'David Gulpilil: two worlds' controversially won the Archibald Prize of 2004.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2005.72

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Juno Gemes (age 34 in 1978)

David Gulpilil (age 25 in 1978)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Juno Gemes (19 portraits)

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