By the important Australian aboriginal artist MICK KUBARKKU, 1922-2008 (often misspelled in various ways as "Gubargu", "Gobargu", etc.) is this circa late 1960's/early 1970's natural earth pigment on eucalyptus bark painting of a barramundi fish in typical stylized form, measuring 11" by 20". On the reverse is an original old typed label which says: "Artist--Gubargu; Tribe: Gunwinggu from the Upper Liverpool River. In the Dreamtime era, the ancestor NAGORKU travelled along the coast of Arnhemland from Cape Don leaving the spirits of the barramundi as he travelled. There is a sacred site for the barramundi in the artist's country at Maragalidpan". Kubarkku is considered one of the great Kunarinjku artists. During the peak of the aboriginal art market in 2006, some of his works approached $20,000 at Australian auctions. His works are prized for their purity and freedom from European influence. A youth who led a hunting and gathering existence remote from Europeans, he is said to have been one of the few who remembered the old men painting the sacred cave interiors of the region of northern Australia. Kubarkku was taught to paint by his uncles and began in the late 1960's to produce work for non-aboriginal people. Note the reference number "GU178" on the reverse. The artist's works are in the collections of major museums across Australia. The piece is in excellent condition with some curling typical of works of its age. Contact me first if you are in Australia to discuss shipping options. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP, including other aboriginal works.
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