Nadjombolmi (Charlie Barramundi)

  • Title
    Narmarrkon, Lightning Man
  • Artist
    Nadjombolmi (Charlie Barramundi)
  • Location
    West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
  • Date
    Early 1960s
  • Size
    32cm (L) x 28cm (W)
  • Price
    $5,500.00

Nadjombolmi (‘Charlie Barramundi’) circa 1890 – 1967 Narmarrkon, Lightning Man
Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
32cm by 28cm

Cf. Haskovec, I., and H. Sullivan. 1989. “Nadjombolmi: Reflections and Rejections of an Aboriginal Artist.” In Animals Into Art edited by H. Morphy, 57-74. London: Unwin Hyman, for extensive discussions of the artist’s life and rock art practice.

In an extensive article about the life and art of Nadjombolmi, he is identified as having created, “at least 604 individual paintings (on rock) at no less than 46 sites… it is clear that he was the major individual contributor to rock art during the past 100 years. Although Nadjombolmi’s paintings are spread over an area of 1,800 km2, the area is well within the documented traditional seasonal range of an individual living within the region. ” (ibid., p.70)

Nadjombolmi is renowned for having painted the famous male and female Lightning figures at Norlange Rock, and his paintings on bark are particularly rare. The condition of this bank is excellent, both flat & the pigments stable. It is unframed. (Researched by Tim Klingender )

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Nadjombolmi (‘Charlie Barramundi’) circa 1890 – 1967 Narmarrkon, Lightning Man
Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
32cm by 28cm

Cf. Haskovec, I., and H. Sullivan. 1989. “Nadjombolmi: Reflections and Rejections of an Aboriginal Artist.” In Animals Into Art edited by H. Morphy, 57-74. London: Unwin Hyman, for extensive discussions of the artist’s life and rock art practice.

In an extensive article about the life and art of Nadjombolmi, he is identified as having created, “at least 604 individual paintings (on rock) at no less than 46 sites… it is clear that he was the major individual contributor to rock art during the past 100 years. Although Nadjombolmi’s paintings are spread over an area of 1,800 km2, the area is well within the documented traditional seasonal range of an individual living within the region. ” (ibid., p.70)

Nadjombolmi is renowned for having painted the famous male and female Lightning figures at Norlange Rock, and his paintings on bark are particularly rare. The condition of this bank is excellent, both flat & the pigments stable. It is unframed. (Researched by Tim Klingender )

Aboriginal painting by Nadjombolmi (‘Charlie Barramundi’) circa 1890-1967, Lightning Man