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No Ordinary Place

David Malangi Daymirringu, 'Luku (foot)', c.1994

David Malangi Daymirringu
Luku (foot) c.1994
Private collection
© David Malangi, 1994. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney, 2005

No Ordinary Place: The Art of David Malangi

23 April – 17 July 2005
Admission free Gallery 14

‘This is no ordinary place. This is my country.’
David Malangi, 1983.

‘No Ordinary Place: The Art of David Malangi’ presents the work of Dr David Malangi Daymirringu (1927–99), Elder of the Manharrngu people of central Arnhem Land. Malangi is best known to Australians through the use of his work on the reverse of the one dollar note in 1966.

This exhibition goes beyond the surface of ‘the dollar note painter’ to reveal the life’s work of a leading figure in the development of the distinctive central Arnhem Land bark painting movement, and a true innovator in the medium.

It features around 50 works, brought together for the first time from private and public collections, which demonstrate Malangi’s characteristic use of wide white lines and dense matt blacks, rärrk (cross-hatching) and bold graphic depictions of iconic ancestral beings.

More information is available on National Gallery of Australia’s website.

An exhibition catalogue is available from the Gallery Store

A National Gallery of Australia Focus Exhibition

Australian Air Express

The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency
Principal Sponsor
Newmont - The Gold Company
a proud partner of
Reconciliation Australia
An Australian Government Initiative
This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia,
an Australian Government Program supporting
touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance
for the development and touring of cultural material
across Australia.
Visions of Australia
Northern Territory Government SevenBula'bula Arts, Ramingining
In association with
Bula'bula Arts, Ramingining