Birrikala Djini Bunnarong Bugaja ( Butterflies in Sherbrooke Forest )
- Lin Onus
- Birrikala Djini Bunnarong Bugaja ( Butterflies in Sherbrooke Forest )
- synthetic polymer on canvas
- 240 x 240 cm
signed lower right: Lin Onus
© The Lin Onus Estate
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The Artist's Estate
Private Collection, Melbourne
Urban Dingo The Art of Lin Onus 1948 - 1996, Queensland Art Gallery, 24 Nov 2000 - 4 March 2001, and touring Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, 11 Aug - 30 Oct 2000, Melbourne Museum 6 April - 29 July 2001
On loan, National Museum of Victoria, c.1994 - 2014
Neale, Margo, Urban Dingo The Art and Life of Lin Onus 1948 -1996, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2000, pp. 103, 137, col. illus. pl.51
Sherbrooke Forest 1974 synthetic polymer on canvas on composition board 71 x 55 cm, Collection of National Gallery of Victoria
Sherbrooke Forest was a significant place to Lin Onus. It was there that his father Bill Onus opened his shop, Aboriginal Enterprises and where Lin Onus led an important land rights claim for the Bunnerong in the early 1970s. Onus’ revisited the imagery of tree ferns from his early paintings in many of his later works.
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