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Djawida Nadjongorle was one of Arnhemland's most respected Aboriginal artists. He was born out in the bush on his father's country at Dialbangurr. His family eventually moved into Oenpelli where his mother and father worked as buffalo skinners and salters. Djawida went to school in Oenpelli and grew up in the area. Djawida became interested in painting on family trips.
He first started to paint on rock, copying existing rock paintings, especially animals and the mimi spirits. He also left his hand and foot stencils on rock in lots of places. Djawida taught himself to mix ochres and paint. He eventually moved onto painting barks and in the last few years, Archer's paper.
He also made spears and didjuridus. He painted stories from his father's country at Djalbangurr, his mother's country at Kudjekbinj including nawurra story, and sometimes his grandmother's country near Manmoyi.
1984 The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1984 Aboriginal Art, an Exhibition Presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
1985 The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1986 The Art of the First Australians, Kobe City Museum, Japan
1986 The Third National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1986 My Country, My Story, My Painting: Recent Paintings by Twelve Arnhem Land Artists, National Gallery of Australia exhibition at the Drili Hall Gallery. Canberra
1987 Art and Aboriginality, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
1988 Dreamings, the art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York.
1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art]
1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia. Canberra
1990 Balance 1990: views, visions, influences, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
1990 I'ete Australien a' Montpellier, Musee Fabre Galiery, Montpellier, France.
1990 Spirit in Land, Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land, National Gallery of Victoria
1990 Keepers of the Secrets, Aboriginal Art from Arnhemland, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1991 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia
1995 The Twelfth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1985, First Prize, National Aboriginal Art Award, Northern
Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
Museum and Art Gallery of N.T.
Caruana, W.,1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London. (C)
Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria.
Johnson, V.,1987, Art and Aboriginality, exhib. cat., Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK. O'Ferrall, M.
1990, Keepers of the Secrets, Aboriginal Art from Arnhemland in the Collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Ryan, J.,1990, Spirit in Land, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Sutton, P. (ed.),1988, Dreamings: the Art of Aboriginal Australia, Viking, Ringwood, Victoria.
Wallace, D., Desmond, M., Caruana, W.,1991, Flash Pictures, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
1994, Kunwinjku Art from Injalak 1991-1992, The John W. Kluge Commission, Museum Arts International Pty. Ltd., North Adelaide.
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