DJAMBAWA MARAWILI is
a leader of the Madarrpa clan and an activist and administrator
on the interface between non-Aboriginal people and the Yolngu
people of North East Arnhem Land. Djambawa’s art is closely
related to his role as a leader and he draws on the sacred foundation
of his people to represent the power of Yolngu and to educate
others in the justice of his people’s struggle for recognition.
Living at Yilpara, three hours from Yirrkala, he is immersed
in the country he paints and carves. His work is represented
in most major Australian collections, and in several overseas
collections. In 1996 he won the prestigious National Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Best Bark Painting Prize.
Djambawa is chairman of the Association of Northern, Kimberley
and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA) and was recently appointed
to the Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Arts Board. He is represented by Buku Larrnggay Arts, Yirrkala,
and Annandale Galleries, Sydney.
Djambawa's works in <abstractions> were
curated by Howard Morphy.