This is Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

By Gwylym Owen

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala (circa 1936 – 1 September 2002) was an Australian contemporary artist. He was born incountry, in the Limmen Bight Place of the Gulf of Carpentaria coast. His first language was Marra, now a critically endangered language. Riley became an player during the 1950s so of his deed with Albert Namatjira.

Riley was known for his distinctive style of using bright pallet to paint a landscape of Gulf of Carpentaria, populated by mythological figures who created the region. His art is a mixture of “Aboriginal” and “contemporary”. He was referred to as “the boss of colour”. Riley was awarded the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 1987, the Northern Territory’s Alice Prize in 1992, John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize in 1993, the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Commission Award in 1993 and an Australia Council Fellowship for 1997/98.

The National Gallery of Victoria held a 10-year retrospective of his perform in 1997. It was the first era a public institution in Australia honoured a energetic Aboriginal performer in this way.

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