Tom Djumburpur

Tom Djunburpur was a senior artist for Ramingining before he passed away in 2006. In 1987, along with 42 other artists, he was commissioned to produce hollow logs (funeral poles) for an installation purchased by the national gallery and exhibited as a part of the bicentenary celebrations in 1988. The installation was a memorial to all the Aboriginal people from Arnhem Land that had passed in the preceeding years at the hands of ïnvaders” and was an important statement in the context of celebrations of the landing of one of these. These are still on display today in the National Gallery in Canberra.
His work on paper and bark uses very fine line work in the raark backgrounds with bolder shapes in the foreground representing his subjects. In 1997 he was part of a group that participated in print making
workshops in Ramingining opening up a new medium for reinforcing law, custom and knowledge in the area. And producing more widely distributable artwork.

Subjects
Djumburpur painted Wagilag Sisters Creation Story, Wititj- Pythons, Goannas and Bats manifested as Sacred Rocks (triangular motifs), Goyder River rocks, Gulwiri palm and Fresh water.

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