Graham has painted Karrkanj and Ngarradj.You can see these birds all over West Arnhem land.
Karrkkanj sits in the trees. In Kurrung season it is time to burn the grass. You can see these birds flying around near the fires, hunting and chasing lizards and grasshoppers. They have very good eyes and can see a long way. Ngarradj (the sulphur-crested white cockatoo, Cacatua galerita) lives in woodland areas. If we go hunting in the forest, he can betray our whereabouts by calling out “ngerrk, ngerrk, ngerrk!”. But he can also warn us if there is a buffalo nearby. We also have a similar bird called ngalelek (the little corella, Cacatua sanguinea), but they live on the floodplains in large flocks.
Size 15 x 20 cm | Medium Paper | Catalogue # 822-22 | Year 2022
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Artist Graham Badari
Graham Badari’s country is Maburrinj, in the rocky escarpment country about 120 kilometres east of Gunbalanya. He draws artistic inspiration from this environment and also paints the Dreamings of his Mother Country, Djurlka, where he spent time as a young man near the outstation of Marmardawerre. He was raised by the renowned artist Djawida Nadjongorle, but like many of the artists at Gunbalanya credits the late Thompson Yulidjirri as his greatest artistic influence. From these senior men, Badari learnt the fluid and dynamic figurative style that defines Kunwinjku painting at Injalak Arts. He began painting sporadically around 1990, but has since become part of a group of dedicated and innovative artists at Gunbalanya. His paintings show the influence of the visual language of their rock-art heritage, while remaining committed to artistic innovation. It is this beguiling balance of tensions, innovation and tradition, ancient and modern, beauty and terror, that energises Badari’s paintings.
Size 15 x 20 cm
Catalogue # 822-22