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John Namerredje Guymala

John Namerredje Guymala is an aboriginal artist working in the 1970’s. He is best known for his depictions of the Ngalkunburriyaymi female spirit.

His figurative paintings are very distinctive. His striking figures filled with parallel rarrk or cross hatching.

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Art style John Namerredje Guymala

Some of John’s early works are in the traditional Oenpelli xray rock art style. These painting show the internal organs of animals and use traditional parallel rarrk in a style like Nadjamerrek. Painted on bark with a monochrome background and one or two dominant figurative elements. It is likely that Namerredje had a rock art painting background.


Johns later works abandon the X Ray style but maintain the monochrome back ground. These later paintings use cross hatching or blocks of colour instead of parallel line work. This is likely to be due to the influence of Wally Mandarrk. Namerredje painted male and female spirits, the rainbow serpent and kangaroos.



Born around 1926 very little is known about John Namerredje Guymala early life. Like Curly Bardkadubbu and Dick Murramurra John spoke Kunwinjku Language. In 1973 Namerredje and his family moved to Yaymini outstation, far to the south of Maningrida. He shared the outstation with Wally Mandarrk and his family. He was already an old man before his commercial painting career started. In the 1970s by the Aboriginal Arts Board and the American collector Ed Ruhe collect his work.

Further reading

The Art of Aboriginal Australia,

Kunwinjku Bim

Other Aboriginal Art and Artists

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John Namerredje Guymala artwork Images

The following images of the Artworks of John Namerredje Guymala. It is not a complete list of his works. They do however give a good idea of the style and above all the variety of this Aboriginal Artist.

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