Kolobarr the Kangaroo

Thompson Yulidjiri (attributed)

Kolobarr the Kangaroo by Thompson Yulidjiri (attributed)


Thompson Yulidjiri (attributed)
Kolobarr the Kangaroo
natural pigments on bark
111 x 47 cm

Language: Kunwinjku
Residence: Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)
Region: West Arnhem Land, N.T.

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Australian Aboriginal, Melanesian and South Seas Tribal Art, Sothebys, November 1989, Lot54
The Owston Collection, Perth, WA
The Owston Collection, Bonhams, Sydney, 25 June 2010, lot 1281
private collection, Melbourne


Telling the Stories, From the Kimberley to Yirrkala, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, May - June 2012, cat. no. 42

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There are seven species of kangaroo, which are recognized by the Kunwinjku and it takes a senior artist to illustrate the subtleties of each and the many various poses. This painting expertly shows the x-ray style that characterizes the Oenpelli artists’ depiction of the Kangaroo, often showing the animal in profile, yet depicting the face with both eyes visible.

Thompson Yulidjiri, a senior artist in Oenpell instructed younger and emerging artists. His work is held in the collections of the NGV, NGA, AGSA and the Holmes a Court Collection in WA. He is also known for his dancing, having helped choreograph a dance that was performed as part of the 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sydney.