100 x 140 cm. natural ochre and pigments, certificate of authenticity, free delivery to Australian address
This painting has been photographed hanging in our Southport (Gold Coast) Gallery. It is on canvas, stretched over a wooden stretcher bar and has been done by the artist using natural ochre and pigments.
Patrick Mung Mung is a senior artist at Warmun and an elder at Warmun Community in the East Kimberley. Painting with natural earth pigments on canvas is a significant aspect of his art practice. His knowledge of his country and his cultural memory of family, land and work are powerfully linked in his work. Like his late father, George Mung Mung, Patrick is a strong cross-cultural communicator.
Patrick's work is influenced by the previous generation of Warmun artists, which include Rover Thomas and Paddy Jaminji - in its raw directness and composition. Patrick was born at Spring Creek and worked as a stock-man for many years on Texas Downs Station and nearby stations in the East Kimberley. He was the last worker to leave Texas Downs when it closed down in the 1970's.
In 1991 following his father's death, it fell to Patrick to accompany his father’s carving 'Mary of Warmun' to Canberra for the exhibition 'Aboriginal Art and Spirituality' at the High Court of Australia. This occasion marked the beginning of a journey for Patrick, which was to see him take on his father’s role of senior artist, law and culture man.
Patrick Mung Mung started painting in 1991, and was instrumental in establishing the artist-and-community-owned art centre at Warmun in 1998. Since that time, Patrick has led Gija performances of the Gurirr Gurirr around Australia and in Paris and Canada.
That one Purnululu - Bungle Bungle, Patrick Mung Mung says. He has painted his grandfather and great-grandfather's country. That's all that sandy hill country with green grasses and the old people used to live there in the old days like a village, he says. Nawugarlwin (meaning frog) is the Gija name of this place, which is known as the place where the brown frogs bury themselves in the sand.
Mung Mung's family group who used to live and work on Texas Downs Station would go on holiday to Purnululu: We used to dig for these frogs and cook them up on the coals. It has white meat like the goondarri (fish) and it tastes good.