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b. 1945 - d. 2012

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        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, THE GARAK (NIGHT AND FIRE SKY) I 2002, SCREENPRINT ED. 7/25, SIGNED AND EDITIONED BELOW IMAGE, 48 X 33.5CM, FRAME...
          Aug. 17, 2023

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, THE GARAK (NIGHT AND FIRE SKY) I 2002, SCREENPRINT ED. 7/25, SIGNED AND EDITIONED BELOW IMAGE, 48 X 33.5CM, FRAME...

          Est: $600 - $800

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, THE GARAK (NIGHT AND FIRE SKY) I 2002, SCREENPRINT ED. 7/25, SIGNED AND EDITIONED BELOW IMAGE, 48 X 33.5CM, FRAME SIZE: 69.5 X 54CM PROVENANCE: BUKU LARRNGGAY MULKA, NORTHERN TERRITORY ACCOMPANIED BY A COPY OF CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY

          Leonard Joel
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, THE GARAK (NIGHT AND FIRE SKY) I 2002, SCREENPRINT ED. 7/25, SIGNED AND EDITIONED BELOW IMAGE, 48 X 33.5CM, FRAME...
          Aug. 10, 2023

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, THE GARAK (NIGHT AND FIRE SKY) I 2002, SCREENPRINT ED. 7/25, SIGNED AND EDITIONED BELOW IMAGE, 48 X 33.5CM, FRAME...

          Est: $700 - $900

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, THE GARAK (NIGHT AND FIRE SKY) I 2002, SCREENPRINT ED. 7/25, SIGNED AND EDITIONED BELOW IMAGE, 48 X 33.5CM, FRAME SIZE: 69.5 X 54CM PROVENANCE: BUKU LARRNGGAY MULKA, NORTHERN TERRITORY ACCOMPANIED BY A COPY OF CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY

          Leonard Joel
        • Gulumbu Yunupingu - Two Sisters, 2001
          Jun. 20, 2023

          Gulumbu Yunupingu - Two Sisters, 2001

          Est: $7,000 - $9,000

          This is the first artwork that the artist ever created. Gulumbu Yunupingu, was already a teacher, health worker, and important community translator when she began painting at 56 years of age. The stories she paints, on bark and on larrakitj (ceremonial poles), hark back to her childhood years when her parents told her the traditional Ancestral stories of her Yolgnu heritage. Her father is the clan leader and artist, Munggurraway Yunupingu who was one of the original presenters of the bark petition. Her art is about the entire universe, stars that can be seen by the naked eye as well as everything beyond and before. She believes that the night sky can bring people of all places and times together, in harmony: “There is healing for people,” she said, “when they see beauty.”

          Cooee Art
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (1943-2012), Stars
          May. 08, 2023

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (1943-2012), Stars

          Est: $200 - $300

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (1943-2012) Stars etching signed and editioned on margin: Gulumbu 48/100 Basil Hall Editions Stamp cat no. AKG 1043 19.5 x 14cm PROVENANCE Basil Hall Editions, Darwin

          Gibson's Auctions
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, UNTITLED, SCREENPRINT ED. 17/100, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 50.5 X 43CM, FRAME SIZE: 83 X 69CM
          Mar. 02, 2023

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, UNTITLED, SCREENPRINT ED. 17/100, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 50.5 X 43CM, FRAME SIZE: 83 X 69CM

          Est: $700 - $900

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, UNTITLED, SCREENPRINT ED. 17/100, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 50.5 X 43CM, FRAME SIZE: 83 X 69CM

          Leonard Joel
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, GAN’YU (STARS), 2007
          Mar. 30, 2022

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, GAN’YU (STARS), 2007

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (c.1945 - 2012) GAN’YU (STARS), 2007 natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 123.0 x 65.0 cm (irregular) bears inscription verso: artist's name and Buku-Larrngay Mulka Art Centre cat. 2974Q and 0706 Dhanaya PROVENANCE Commissioned by Buku-Larrngay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory  Dr Ann Lewis AO, Sydney Mossgreen Auctions, Sydney, 7 November 2011, lot 140 (as 'Anchor Gulunba') Private collection, Sydney RELATED WORK Gan’yu (Stars), 2007, natural pigments on bark, 192.0 x 74.0 cm, in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane © Gulumbu Yunupingu, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • Gulumbu Yunupingu (circa 1945-2012) Ganyu, 2009
          Nov. 17, 2021

          Gulumbu Yunupingu (circa 1945-2012) Ganyu, 2009

          Est: $12,000 - $18,000

          Gulumbu Yunupingu (circa 1945-2012) Ganyu, 2009 inscribed verso: '#3626Z GULUMBU / 1009 GUR' natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 117.0 x 46.0cm (46 1/16 x 18 1/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (1943-2012, Gumatj Language Group) Untitled natural earth pigments on bark
          Feb. 24, 2021

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (1943-2012, Gumatj Language Group) Untitled natural earth pigments on bark

          Est: $9,000 - $12,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (1943-2012, Gumatj Language Group) Untitled natural earth pigments on bark 81 x 53cm (irregular) PROVENANCE: Woo Mang and Partners, Paris Private collection, Melbourne EXHIBITIONS: Gulumbu Yunupingu: Bark Paintings and Larrakitj (Hollow Logs), Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (exhibiting at Depot Gallery, Sydney), 17 - 28 July 2007 OTHER NOTES: Gulumbu Yunupingu was one of eight contemporary Indigenous artists commissioned to create a site specific public artwork for the prestigious Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, which opened in June 2006. She is represented in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of South Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

          Leonard Joel
        • Gulumbu Yunupingu (1945 - 2012) - Ganyu 18 x 13.5 cm (frame: 39 x 33 x 4 cm)
          Apr. 23, 2020

          Gulumbu Yunupingu (1945 - 2012) - Ganyu 18 x 13.5 cm (frame: 39 x 33 x 4 cm)

          Est: $500 - $700

          Gulumbu Yunupingu (1945 - 2012) Ganyu colour etching, ed. 16/100 18 x 13.5 cm (frame: 39 x 33 x 4 cm) signed lower right

          Lawsons
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK UNIVERSE, 2011, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
          Mar. 18, 2020

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK UNIVERSE, 2011, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (c.1945 – 2012) GARAK UNIVERSE, 2011 natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark DIMENSIONS: 90.0 x 56.0 cm (irregular) PROVENANCE: Buku–Larrnggay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory (cat. 3995W) (label attached verso) Maclean collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in July 2013 This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Buku–Larrnggay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala.

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK (LARRAKITJ), 2011, natural earth pigments on hollow logs
          Mar. 18, 2020

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK (LARRAKITJ), 2011, natural earth pigments on hollow logs

          Est: $15,000 - $20,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU (c.1945 – 2012) GARAK (LARRAKITJ), 2011 natural earth pigments on hollow logs DIMENSIONS: 189.0, 189.0 and 152.0 cm heights PROVENANCE: Buku–Larrnggay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory (cats. 4112R, 4110X and 4110Y) Maclean collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in September 2013 These works are accompanied by certificates of authenticity from Buku–Larrnggay Mulka which states in part: ‘This painting illustrates two dreamtime stories, which each represent different constellations, that the artist was told by her father as a child. The first story is about two sisters called Guthayguthay and Nhayay. Guthayguthay is the elder sister and sits at the biggest fire, she and Nhayay who is the younger sister and has a smaller fire. The elder sister is able to carry bigger firewood than the younger sister who can only carry small firewood. In the olden days these two sisters used to be people, but they turned into stars that sit in the sky under the Milky Way. The second story is about seven sisters who went out in their canoe called Djulpan. During certain seasons they go hunting for food and always come back with different types of food. They come back with turtle, fish, freshwater snakes and also bush foods like yams and berries. They can be seen in the sky of a night, seven stars that come out together. The stars come in the season when the food and berries come out; the stars will travel through the sky during that month until the season is over and they don't come out until the next season.’

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK, THE UNIVERSE, 2004, natural earth pigments on bark
          Nov. 28, 2018

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK, THE UNIVERSE, 2004, natural earth pigments on bark

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK, THE UNIVERSE, 2004, natural earth pigments on bark SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist's name and cat. 2470S DIMENSIONS: 166.5 x 40.0 cm (irregular) PROVENANCE: Painted for Buku-Larrnggay Mulka in 2004 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (cat. AK10492) Joel Fine Art, Melbourne, 3 June 2008, lot 85A Private collection, Melbourne Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne, 11 October 2011, lot 22 Private collection, Melbourne EXHIBITED: New works by Gulumbu Yunupingu, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, 5 – 27 November 2004

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GAN'YU (STARS), LARRAKITJ, 2006, natural earth pigments on hollow log
          Jun. 13, 2018

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GAN'YU (STARS), LARRAKITJ, 2006, natural earth pigments on hollow log

          Est: $12,000 - $15,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GAN'YU (STARS), LARRAKITJ, 2006, natural earth pigments on hollow log DIMENSIONS: 197.0 cm height PROVENANCE: Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory Alcaston Gallery,Melbourne (cat. AK12793) Private collection, Sydney Bonhams, Sydney, 7 June 2016, lot 50 Private collection, Victoria EXHIBITED: Power and Beauty, Indigenous Art Now, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria, 17 November 2007 – 10 March 2008 LITERATURE: Ryan, J., (et al.), Power and Beauty, Indigenous Art Now, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria, 2007, pp. 48 – 49 (illus.) ESSAY: Gulumbu Yunupingu lived and worked in Yirrkala, Northern Territory language group: Gumatj SELECTED COLLECTIONS Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin National Gallery of Australia, Canberra National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GAN’YU (STARS), 2007, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
          Jun. 13, 2018

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GAN’YU (STARS), 2007, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GAN’YU (STARS), 2007, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist’s name, Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre cat. 333F and Alcaston Gallery cat. AK14492 DIMENSIONS: 166.0 x 84.0 cm (irreg.) PROVENANCE: Commissioned by Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne Deutscher and Hackett, Sydney, 2 December 2015, lot 87 Private collection, Victoria ESSAY: Gulumbu Yunupingu lived and worked in Yirrkala, Northern Territory language group: Gumatj SELECTED COLLECTIONS Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin National Gallery of Australia, Canberra National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK, 2010, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
          May. 25, 2016

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK, 2010, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, (c.1945 – 2012), GARAK, 2010, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist’s name, Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts cat. 1010 GUN 3955I and Alcaston Gallery cat. 16742 DIMENSIONS: 94.5 x 52.0 cm PROVENANCE: Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne The McKay Superannuation Fund Art Collection, Brisbane This work is accompanied by a certificate from Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts which states: ‘This painting refers to but does not specify two ‘dreamtime’ stories, which each represent different constellations that the artist was told by her father as child. The first story is about two sisters called Guthayguthay and Nhayay. Guthayguthay is the elder sister and sits at the biggest fire, she and Nhayay who is the younger sister and has a smaller fire. The elder sister is able to carry bigger fire wood than the younger sister who can only carry small fire wood. In the olden days these two sisters used to be people, but they turned into stars that sit in the sky under the Milky Way. When the seasons here are hot the two sisters are arguing and sitting apart from each other with different fires. These arguments are often over a man called Marrngu. When the seasons are cooler the two sisters are seen together sitting by one big fire. They are surrounded by more stars when they are sitting together. When you look in the sky long enough you will see two women figures sitting near two bright stars, which are their fires burning. The second story is about seven sisters who went out in their canoe called Djulpan. During certain seasons they go hunting for food and always come back with different types of food. They come back with turtle, fish, freshwater snakes and also bush foods like yams and berries. They can be seen in the sky of a night, seven starts that come out together.’

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, c.1945 – 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2009, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
          Dec. 02, 2015

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, c.1945 – 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2009, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

          Est: $3,000 - $4,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, c.1945 – 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2009, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark SIGNED: inscribed verso: artist's name, Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts cat. 30692 and Alcaston Gallery cat. AK13402 DIMENSIONS: 70.0 x 45.0 cm PROVENANCE: Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory (label attached verso) Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne ESSAY: This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts with a description of the story depicted

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, c.1945 – 2012, GANYU (STARS), 2007, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
          Dec. 02, 2015

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, c.1945 – 2012, GANYU (STARS), 2007, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU, c.1945 – 2012, GANYU (STARS), 2007, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark DIMENSIONS: 166.0 x 81.0 cm PROVENANCE: Commissioned by Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (cat. AK14492) Private collection, Melbourne ESSAY: Drawing from traditional Yolngu stories about the Milky Way, Yunupingu extended these ancestoral dreamings into the realms of her own imagination. Yunupingu painted the sky, the stars, the galaxy, the universe (Garak) at large. While her contemporaries were producing images of their daily lives and experiences – maps, calendars, events – Yunupingu weaved a much grander and more abstract narrative. Her paintings attempt to encompass the entire universe, all that can be seen by eye, and everything that exists beyond our means of perception, the known and unknown, the imaginable and the unimaginable, everything that has lived and died or is yet to come into being; the past, the present, and the future. Through a poetic use of traditional rarrking (crosshatching) Yunupingu creates glowing, swarming constellation of stars. With extraordinary detail and complexity, she paints a network of crossed and overlapping shapes that create a sense of the magnitude of the galaxy. Her dense layering of shapes in varying tones of brown and yellow ochre produces a depth enhanced through the application of white outlines. If we stand back from the magnetism of this swelling cosmos, this optical illusion, we see only the enchantment of the Gan’yu (Stars). Gulumbu Yunupingu was born into a family of tremendous influence and esteem. A member of the highly respected Yunupingu dynasty of North East Arnhem Land, Gulumbu’s father, Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, was a clan leader and artist, her brother Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM, was a leader and activist, while her other brother Mandawuy Yunupingu was a musician and educator. Up to the age of 56, Gulumbu Yunupingu had enjoyed a busy life as a mother, teacher’s aide, health worker, and translator of the Bible into her first language, Gumatj, but she was virtually unknown in the art world. From 2002 until her death in 2012 at age 66, Yunupingu grew to become one of the most revered Indigenous artists in Australia. In the brief decade in which she painted, Yunupingu’s achievements abounded, from her first solo show at Alcaston Gallery in 2004 to a permanent artwork at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and appearances at the Hannover World Expo and the Melbourne Art Fair. Her larrikitj (funeral poles) were included in the Kerry Stokes Larrakitj collection, and she won first prize in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2004. In 2012 a large display of her barks and larrikitj appeared in the exhibition Marking Time at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Buku-Larrngay Mulka, Yirrkala, Northern Territory.

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • YUNUPINGU, Gulumbu (b.1945) (3) 'Ganyu (Stars)'. Labels verso to each
          Aug. 16, 2015

          YUNUPINGU, Gulumbu (b.1945) (3) 'Ganyu (Stars)'. Labels verso to each

          Est: $300 - $600

          YUNUPINGU, Gulumbu (b.1945) (3) 'Ganyu (Stars)'. Labels verso to each with Cat # 2131F & 2131G (2). Natural Earth Pigments on Bark (3) 32x13cm, 25x9cm & 23x8cm

          Davidson Auctions
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU born 1945 Gan'yu (Stars) 2005
          Jun. 19, 2014

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU born 1945 Gan'yu (Stars) 2005

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU born 1945 Gan'yu (Stars) 2005 natural earth pigments on bark 86.0 x 27.0 cm inscribed verso: 2825I/ GULUMBU Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Gulumbu Yunupingu, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, 9 - 28 January 2006|

          Lawson~Menzies
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2004, natural earth pigments on hollow log
          Mar. 26, 2014

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2004, natural earth pigments on hollow log

          Est: $12,000 - $18,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2004, natural earth pigments on hollow log DIMENSIONS: 248.0 cm height PROVEVANCE: Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala (cat. 2560-W) Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (cat. AK11028) Private collection, United States of America

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2002, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
          Mar. 26, 2014

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2002, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

          Est: $3,000 - $4,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2002, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark SIGNED: inscribed verso: artist's name, Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts cat. 2599N 0904 GUN and Alcaston Gallery cat. AK11058 DIMENSIONS: 70.5 x 39.0 cm PROVENANCE: Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Private collection, United States of America

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2009, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
          Mar. 26, 2014

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2009, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2009, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark SIGNED: inscribed verso: artist's name and Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts cat. #3455Q 1108 GUN and Alcaston Gallery cat. AK15240 DIMENSIONS: 194.0 x 71.0 cm PROVENACE: Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala (label attached verso) Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Private collection, United States of America ESSAYS: 'Everything beyond scientific exploration; everything that can be imagined.' Drawing from traditional Yolngu stories about the Milky Way, Yunupingu extended these ancestoral dreamings into the realms of her own imagination. Yunupingu painted the sky, the stars, the galaxy, the universe (Garak) at large. While her contemporaries were producing images of their daily lives and experiences - maps, calendars, events - Yunupingu weaved a much grander and more abstract narrative. Her paintings attempt to encompass the entire universe, all that can be seen by eye, and everything that exists beyond our means of perception, the known and unknown, the imaginable and the unimaginable, everything that has lived and died or is yet to come into being; the past, the present, and the future. Through a poetic use of traditional rarrking (a kind of crosshatching) Yunupingu creates a glowing, swarming constellations of stars. With extraordinary detail and complexity, she paints a network of crossed and overlapping shapes that create a sense of the magnitude of the galaxy. Her dense layering of shapes in varying tones of brown and yellow ochre produces a depth enhanced through the application of white outlines. If we stand back from the magnetism of this swelling cosmos, this optical illusion, we see only the enchantment of the Gan'yu (Stars). Gulumbu Yunupingu was born into a family of tremendous influence and esteem. A member of the highly respected Yunupingu dynasty of North East Arnhem Land, Gulumbu's father, Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, was a clan leader and artist, her brother Galarrwuy Yunupingu, AM was a leader and activist, while her other brother Mandawuy Yunupingu was a musician and educator. Up to the age of 56, Gulumbu Yunupingu had enjoyed a busy life as a mother, teacher's aid, health worker, and translator of the Bible into her first language, Gumatj, but she was virtually unknown in the art world. From 2002 until her death in 2012 at age 66, Yunupingu grew to become one of the most revered Indigenous artists in Australia. In the brief decade in which she painted, Yunupingu's achievements abounded, from her first solo show at Alcaston Gallery in 2004 to a permanent artwork at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and appearances at the Hannover World Expo, the Melbourne Art Fair. Her larrikitj (funeral poles) were included in the Kerry Stokes Larrakitj collection, and she won first prize in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2004. In 2012 a large display of her barks and larrikitj appeared in the exhibition Marking Time at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. LEAH CROSSMAN

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • Gulumbu Yunupingu c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2004 natural earth pigments on hollow log
          Nov. 27, 2013

          Gulumbu Yunupingu c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2004 natural earth pigments on hollow log

          Est: $12,000 - $16,000

          Gulumbu Yunupingu c1945 - 2012, GAN'YU (STARS), 2004 natural earth pigments on hollow log DIMENSIONS: 240.0 cm height PROVENANCE: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala (cat. 2604O) Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne ESSAY: This work is accompanied by biographical information from Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, and a certificate of authenticity from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts which states in part: 'Gulumbu explained that some stars (gan'yu) are special for Yolngu. This painting refers to but does not specify two "dreamtime" stories which each represent different constellations, that the artist was told by her father when she was a child ... The first story is about two sisters called Guthayguthay and Nhayay. Guthayguthay is the elder sister and sits at the biggest fire ... Nhayay who is the younger sister has a smaller fire. In the olden days these two sisters used to be people, but they turned into stars that sit under the Milky Way. The second story is about seven sisters who went out in their canoe called Djulpan. During certain seasons they go hunting for food and always come back with different types of food. They come back with turtle, fish, freshwater snakes and also bush foods like yams and berries. They can be seen in the night sky, seven stars that come out together ... When she looks at the stars, Gulumbu thinks about the universe, all around, and about every tribe, every colour. In every corner of the world people can look up and see the stars. This is Gulumbu's vision - in her art, she focuses on the link between all people everywhere.' This work was created for the artist's first solo show at Alcaston Gallery immediately after her win in the Telstra Award in 2004.

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • Gulumbu Yunupingu (circa 1945-2012)
          Mar. 24, 2013

          Gulumbu Yunupingu (circa 1945-2012)

          Est: £3,000 - £5,000

          Ganyu, 2004 bears artist's name, Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre catalogue number 2502P and various other inscriptions on the reverse and artist's name, title, year, dimension, medium and Alcaston Gallery catalogue number AK10482 on a label on the reverse natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 125 x 29.5cm (49 3/16 x 11 5/8in).

          Bonhams
        • Gulumbu Yunupingu Gan'yu Earth pigments on bark
          Aug. 30, 2010

          Gulumbu Yunupingu Gan'yu Earth pigments on bark

          Est: $6,000 - $9,000

          Gulumbu Yunupingu Gan'yu Earth pigments on bark 240 x 17 cm

          Mossgreen Auctions
        • GULUMBU YUNUPINGU Gan'yu natural earth pigments
          Oct. 14, 2009

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU Gan'yu natural earth pigments

          Est: $12,000 - $18,000

          GULUMBU YUNUPINGU Gan'yu natural earth pigments with PVC fixative on hollow log 233.0 cm height

          Deutscher and Hackett
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