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Yirawala was active/lived in Australia.  Yirawala is known for aboriginal painting.


Biography from Mossgreen Auctions

Yirawala was a master of creating dazzling patterns of rarrk that embodied the presence of ancestral forces within a painting, as in the animated depiction of Lumahlumah in full ceremonial regalia.  Through his authority to introduce innovations in bark painting, such as his variations on rarrk patterns to enhance the brilliance of a painting, Yirawala was a major influence on successive generations of bark painters from western Arnhem Land.  The white ground of the bark is also a device Yirawala introduced to further enhance the lustrous quality of the painted surface. 

A number of related and similar depictions of Lumahlumah by Yirawala in the collection of the National Gallery are illustrated in Holmes, S. Le Brun, Yirawala: Painter of the Dreaming, Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1994, Plates 1, 5, 6, 8-11.  See also Caruana, W., A. Duff, H. Morphy and L. Taylor, Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists, Canberra: National Museum of Australia, 2013, page 48, for another version of a dismembered Lumahlumah.  Wally Caruana

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