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Austin Djorlom – Long Neck Turtle

$275.00 inc. GST

Long Neck Turtle is an important creation story from Oenpelli, Arnhem Land. Austin is a relatively new artist. He started carving mimi spirit figures and now paints them on canvas.

This artwork can be displayed portrait or landscape.

Medium: acrylic on pre-stretched lightweight canvas

Size: 40 x 50 cm

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Artist Austin Djorlom
Catalogue DFAAUDJ06
Title Long Neck Turtle
Language group Kunwinjku
Skin Name Nangarridj
Moiety Dhuwa
Dance Karrparrda Djang (Long Yam)
Community Gunbalanya NT

Long Neck Turtle


Austin Djorlom Biography

Austin is the son of Leonie and Eric Djorlom and he has a wife and a child. They have come from the outstation into Darwin and brought in his latest collection of small paintings.

Kunwinjku art is part of the oldest continuous art tradition in the world. Ancestors of today’s artists have been painting the rock walls of West Arnhem Land for tens of thousands of years. The traditional palette of white, red, yellow and black comes from the ochre that naturally occurs in the region, although contemporary artists sometimes choose to paint in acrylics as well. Kunwinjku artists famously paint using either the traditional rarrk hatching technique, or the more contemporary and complex cross hatching technique which has been adapted from ceremonial painting. These lines are carefully painted using a manyilk, which is a piece of sedge grass shaved down until only a few fibres remain.