Djenj (Fish)
Djenj (Fish)


We always go fishing for lots of fish, big and small. Good ones we eat, bad ones we don’t. We eat fish that live in freshwater and saltwater. The fish we catch and eat here in the freshwater have many different names, such as “Namarnkol” (barramundi) which is an important fish for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to catch and eat.

Nawu djenj ngarriyime nadjalwern nawu djenj nakimuk nayahwurd namak nawu ngarringun dja nawarre nawu minj ngarringun.Djenj ngarringun nawu kubowinjku kare dja nawu kurrula kare Djenj nawern kangeyo nangeybubuyika bu ngarringeybun dja ngarrimang ngarringun nawu kondah djenj kare kore kubowinjku kukku.Yiman kayime nawu namarnkol nakka wanjh nakuken djenj ngadberre nawu ngad bininj ngarrikukburlerri dja nawu birrikukbele bu ngarrimang ngarringun.

Size 41 x 61 cm | Medium Paper | Catalogue # 1683-23 | Year 2023

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Artist  Shaun Namarnyilk

Shaun Namarnyilk is the son of Rita Nadjongorle and Bundy Namarnyilk. Shaun is an experienced artist, tour guide, musician and storyteller. His aesthetic continues to develop, drawing on the ancient rock art stories and styles of Injalak Hill and other rock art sites around Western Arnhem Land. Shaun has also worked as a ranger. While caring for country as a ranger Shaun has had access to many remote and inaccessible rock art sites that few people have had the privilege of visiting in thousands of years. Shaun is inspired by the ancient knowledge and aesthetics of his ancestors to create remarkable contemporary paintings that span subjects from traditional knowledge and sacred spirit beings to current affairs like the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the community of Gunbalanya, as well as the diverse challenges and benefits that living in a remote community presents. Shaun mixes coloured pigments and ochres to create backgrounds which reflect the surface of the rock itself. He is developing the West Arnhem ‘x-ray style’ technique, leaving his canvas out in the rain and continues to build layers, giving his artworks the appearance of the ancient rock art.

One of his grandfather’s is Djawida Nadjongorle, and other one is Spider Namirrikki, along with Jimmy Namarnyilk.

Shaun has previously worked as a ranger, caring for the Stone Country of West Arnhem Land.


further details

Size 41 x 61 cm
Medium  Paper
Catalogue # 1683-23
Year 2023