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MB037116

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Ochre Pigments with PVC fixative on Stringybark (Eucalyptus Tetradonta)
Size
67 x 27cm
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MB037116

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Artist Profile

Mick was born in the escarpment country of Arnhem Land at the place called Kukab…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Mick Kubarrku
Born:

c. 1924

Deceased:

2008

Language Group:

Kunwinjku

Country:

Oenpelli, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Medium:

Ochre on Bark, Ochres on Arches Paper

Subjects:

Ngalyod (Female Rainbow Serpent), Namarrkon (Lightning Spirit), Kodjok Bamdjelk (Pandanus Spirit), Fish, Crocodile, Untitled

Mick was born in the escarpment country of Arnhem Land at the place called Kukabarnka, which is close to the Liverpool River. During his early years he would travel with his family across much of the surrounding country and sometimes much further to the east and then return to his home country at Yikarrakkal on the Mann River. During these early years there was virtually no white inhabitants here and so Mick had no need to learn English or attend school. During the 2nd World War, Mick and his family spent their time at Milingimbi Mission before returning to his country at the conclusion of the war. It was at this time that Mick worked as a stockman at Oenpelli.

In 1957 Mick settled at Maningrida and it was here that he first began to paint for the purpose of selling them, in return for tobacco, flour and the like. Prior to this, the only painting that he had done was to the inner side of the bark shelters in which he lived in the bush. Mick was taught to paint in the early days by his father, Ngindjalakku, and his father's brothers: Nabulumu, Kamarramg and Malankarra. These men were gifted in the art of painting and would paint in their own style that they passed on to Mick.

During the 1970's Mick received much recognition for his work and his works were shown all around the country. His paintings are now represented in many major collections within Australia and many prominent collections overseas.

COLLECTIONS
Artbank, Sydney, NSW
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Djomi Museum, Maningrida, NT
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Museum of Contemporary Art, Arnotts Collection, Sydney, NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
EXHIBITIONS
1982
Aboriginal Art at the Top, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1983
Artists of Arnhem Land, Canberra School of Arts, ACT
1987
A selection of Aboriginal Art owned by the ANU, Drill Hall Gallery, ACT
1988
Dreamings - the art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, NY, USA
1988
The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1988
Aboriginal Art of the Top End, c.1935 - Early 1970's, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
1989
A selection of Aboriginal Art owned by the ANU, Drill Hall Gallery, ACT
1989
A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
1990
Spirit in Land, Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land, National Gallery of Victoria, VIC
1993
The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1993-1994
ARATJARA - Art of the First Australians Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf, Hayward Gallery in London, Louisiana Museum in the USA and Humlebaek in Denmark
1994
Power of the Land - Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
1995
Moon, Rainbow and Sugarbag - The art of Mick Kubarkku and Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT and touring
1995
The Twelfth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
REFERENCES
Caruana, W.
(1993) Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson
Diggins, L.
(1989) A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhibit. Cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, VIC
Aratjara
(1993) Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. Cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln
Ryan, J.
(1990) Spirit in Land, exhib. Cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
West, M.
(1995) Rainbow Sugarbag and Moon, Two Artists of the Stone Country: Bardayal Nadjamerrek and Mick Kubarkku, exhib. cat., Museum and Art Gallery of the NT

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Title,

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Artist Name:
Mick Kubarrku
Artwork Size:
67 x 27cm
Medium:
Ochre Pigments with PVC fixative on Stringybark (Eucalyptus Tetradonta)
Title:
Untitled

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Located at
Mbantua Warehouse