In Northern Australian Aboriginal Art birds such as the pelican, magpie goose, brolga and emu are frequently painted. These traditional bird artworks by Aboriginal artist Leslie Nawirridj, exemplify the famous Kunwinjku 'x-ray' style of painting.
Leslie presents each subject with some internal organs and delicate bone structures, an artistic feature first used by his ancestors. The first Kunwinjku Aboriginal artists painted in x-ray on the rocks of Western Arnhem Land. This same painting tradition has been perpetuated through countless generations. Leslie Nawirridj is a senior artist who is upholding the standard for his people today.
Aboriginal culture reflects the importance of the populations of
these birds. Northern Australia has some of the highest concentrations
of bird species in the world.
Leslie successfully portrays the personalities of his Aboriginal art birds, which gives them a lively animation. Each one is decorated in fine-line cross-hatching, called "rarrk". Rarrk is the ceremonial painting of the Kunwinjku Aboriginals, and takes years of practise to produce the accurate fine-lines that Leslie shows in his traditional bird art.
Purchase prints on canvas directly from Leslie using this on-line gallery.
A3 prints $85 AUD (Incl.GST)
A4 prints $60 AUD (Incl. GST)
Leslie has individually hand signed every print on the back with its title and his details.