Mick Kuparkku Oenpelli Artist
Mick Kuparkku learned to paint watching his father, Ngindjalakku. He created paintings for sacred Arnhem Land ceremonies on Rock shelters. Later he started selling bark paintings at Maningrida in the northern territory. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their bark painting is by Mick Kuparkku by comparing examples of his work.
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Style and Subject
His style is
The main difference is that Kuparkku used more crosshatching (Rarrk) than in earlier Oenpelli rock art. This is no doubt an influence from his time spent in
Many of his later works on bark are very large some up to 1.3 meters long. He uses a combination of
Amongst his works were spirit beings from Arnhem Land. These include the Rainbow Serpent, the lightning spirit and Kodjok Bamdjelk, the pandanus spirit. He also paints
He also painted fish, spirit kangaroo’s echidna and
Mick was born in 1924 at Kukabarnka in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory Australia and was of the Kunwinjku people. He began painting at Oenpelli (northern Territory) shortly after the Second World War before moving to Maningrida in 1957. In Mandigrida he and David Milaybuma became the first regular commercial painters. His representations of malevolent spirit beings and ancestral figures resonate with power. They reflect a direct connection to the ancient tradition of Oenpelli painting on rock surfaces, a tradition that has since ceased.
It wasn’t until 1995, that Mick had his artistic vision recognised by the European world. His first exhibition called Rainbow, sugar bag and moon was at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Mick Kuparkku bark painting Images
The following bark paintings are not a complete list of works but give a good feel for the variety and style of this artist
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