Jambulula Old School Oenpelli bark painter

Jambulula 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 Jambulula. It compares examples of his work. He painted in a Western Arnhem Land Oenpelli Bark Painting style

 

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Style

Bark paintings by Jambulula with Mimih figures, Namarrkon or human beings on them are more popular and valuable. His barks of animals are not highly sorted.

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.

He was amongst the old school of bark painters like Naiyomeolmi, Diidja and Spider Nabuna

His animals and birds on bark reflect his clan’s totemic relationships. These include fish, mud crabs, wallaby, snakes, and turtles.

Biography

Jambulula 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 Jambulula. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Jambulula, please contact me. I would like to add it to this article.

Jambulula is also sometimes referred to as Djambalula or Djambalulu

 

Jambulula 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.

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