Dick Murramurra was born around 1920 at kukadjerri. He grew up in the rock country at the head-waters of the Liverpool River. His style of bark painting remained true to its rock painting origins throughout his life. He was a prolific bark painter who was based at Oenpelli during the 1960s and 1970s. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Dick Murramurra by comparing examples of his work.
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Murramurra bark paintings can be distinguished by the overall quality and fineness of his work and xray style distinct to Oenpelli. His bark paintings are similar in quality to the more famous Lofty Nadjamerrek. I think his paintings of figures are in some cases superior in quality to loftys. Murramurra uses a solid red ochre background with animals and figures dominantly white with details in red and yellow and sometimes black. He was not afraid to leave large areas monochrome. Where there is line work it is intense parallel lines done with great finess and not as much cross hatching as other artists
In his later years Dick Murramurra lived at Malgawo, close to his own Bularlhdja clan lands. H passed in 1988.
To complicate matters sometimes Dick Murramurra was also known as Dick Murrumurru and Dick Murru Murru
The following images are not a complete list of bark painting by Dick Murramurra but give a good feel for the variety and style of this artist.
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