8 facts about David Malangi

David Malangi (1927 – 19 June 1999) was an Indigenous Australian Yolngu artiste from the Northern Territory. He was one of the most capably known bark painters from Arnhem Land and a significant figure in contemporary Indigenous Australian art. He was born at Mulanga, on the east bank of the Glyde River.

He painted on clear, red ochre or black backgrounds. He used much broader and bolder brushstrokes than additional Arnhem Land bark painters. His undertaking includes depictions of the sea eagle, crow, snake and goanna.

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Malangi represented Australia at the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1983. He was one of the first Aboriginal artists whose take action was featured in the Biennale of Sydney in 1979. In 1983 his work was exhibited at the Australian Perspecta at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. He contributed ten hollow logs for the Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia in 1988. He travelled to New York City in 1988 as allocation of the Dreamings exhibition of Aboriginal art. In July 2004 an exhibition opened of David Malangi’s deed at the National Gallery of Australia called No Ordinary Place.

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