Jamalula Old School Oenpelli bark painter
Jamalula is one of the old school original bark painters from Oenpelli. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Jamalula. It compares examples of his work. He painted in a Western Arnhem Land Oenpelli Bark Painting style
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His most valuable works either depict ceremonies or are series of barks. Series of barks were like a book to illustrate a traditional story to initiates. He was very minimalistic in his approach when painting barks. This works very well in some paintings but can look stark in others.
He often depicts figures with either very small eyes or with no eyes at all. The eyes are at the very front of the face.
His barks are like those found on cave walls. They are simple but can exude power.
His animals and birds on bark reflect his clan’s totemic relationships. These include fish, mud crabs, wallaby, snakes, and turtles.
Jamalula was born around 1910 and died in the early 1960’s. He spoke Maung and was from Yiwaidja cultural area. Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information available about Jamalula. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Jamalula, please contact me. I would like to add it to this article.
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Jamalula Bark Painting images
The following images are not a complete list of the artist’s works but give a very good idea of his style and variety.