Billabong Scene (with Kinga)

Roland has painted a billabong scene with kinga (saltwater or estuarine crocodile) which is a highly respected and feared animal that has significance as a food source and a totem to many bininj (Aboriginal people) in the artist’s home in Gunbalanya, Western Arnhem Land. Although the kinga has a fearsome reputation its main diet is fish such as namarnkol (barramundi), namarddakka (nail fish) and other billabong-dwellers such as borlokko (water python). All these animals are pictured in Roland’s painting swimming amongst the mandem (waterlillies). He has painted them in the classic Kunwinjku x-ray style with internal organs showing.

Nawu artis bimbom kore djurra nawern anwu mayh kore Top End Arnhem Land.Nawu kinga birringuni bu korroko mayh ngadberre dja bolkkime larrk.Djang kahdjangdi kore kubolkwern kunred ngadberre.Kinga nakka nabang bu kanbun kanbaye karridowen kankukngun.Kingakangun djenj namarnkol nawu nakuken djenj ngadberre dja kuluybirr dja borloko.Dja mak nawern nawu mayh nawu kabun yika kukkerrnge dja nawu nud kanudmen.