ABORIGINAL ART & CULTURE

Nongirrnga Marawili

In 2015 Nongirrnga Marawili won the important Telstra Bark Painting Award for her work Lightening in the Rock, a painting reflecting the lightning and its powerful interaction with the sea and rocks. The award was presented as part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) which is held at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory each year since 1984.

"In 2015 Nongirrnga Marawili won the important Telstra Bark Painting Award for her work Lightening in the Rock"

Nongirrnga is the daughter of the Madarrpa’ warrior Mundukul (Lightning snake) and a Galpu woman Buluguwuy. Nongirrnga was a wife of Djapu statesman Djutjadjutja Munungurr (deceased) who also won the Bark Painting Award at NATSIAA in 1997. To add further to the family’s success, daughter Rerrkirrwanga won the Telstra Bark Painting Award in 2009.

Nongirrnga is a highly regarded and long-time artist with a long list of successful exhibitions, both in Australia and overseas. She creates her work at the Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala. It is here that she works side-by-side with Mulkun Wirrpanda in the art centre’s shady painting space.

In the clip above Nongirrnga paints a large board using traditional ochres.

See also Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre.