Date of birth : 1952
Language : Ganalbingu
Clan : Gurrumba Gurrumba
Social Affiliations : Yirritja moiety, Bulany subsection
Djurritjini was born near the place call Matika (Dabi and Ganalbingu country) in the bush in the Arafura Swamp.
"I can paint the Bari (crocodile) - from Balinga. Because I was born near Matika, a Dabi country and is close to Balinga. This is the Madarrpa country formed and named by the 'Crocodile' as it travelled through this country in the Dreamtime. I have same mother and father as my elder brother George Milpurrurru and my two sisters - Djunginy and Djuttara. My other brother and sister are Jimmy Djelminy and Dorothy Djukulul who are from another mother. Turkey Djipurru is my father's brother; my second father. Clara Wugukwuguk, his daughter, is like my sister.
My father and my elder brother George Milpurrurru taught me to paint. I'd watch George, then my father. I like painting - paint for one year then rest, maybe the next year I paint. To paint, I think (for) myself. My father had already told me what to paint, see - like my country - I paint what I was taught by my father. I learned about the ceremonies and my country by painting as I would watch my elder brother, Milpurrurru and learned something about ceremony.
My father told me everything before he died. These paintings are for Balanda (white people) and Yolngu. These paintings are to show Balanda what my culture is. To show where my country, and Dreaming is from and where my culture comes from. I only paint from [about] one place, Matika’ - that’s my country. These pictures come from my head - I think about my culture."
1990, Charlie Djurritjini, Shades of Ochre, Darwin, NT
Select Group Exhibitions:
1982, Aboriginal Art at the Top, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1984, Aboriginal Art, an Exhibition Presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
1984, Objects & Representations from Ramingining, Power Institute [now MCA], Sydney
1986, Sydney Biennale - Ramingining Performance Group [dancer], Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1988, Biennale of Sydney, Aboriginal Memorial, Pier One, Sydney
1988, The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1988, ANCAAA and Boomalli, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Ko-operative, Sydney
1989, Recent Works from Ramingining and Maningrida, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, NSW
1990, Balance 1990: views, visions, influences, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
1990, Ramingining Art, Birukmarri Gallery, Fremantle.
1990, The Seventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991, Lions Haven Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Pacific Fair Shoppping Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
1991, Ramingining, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1991, Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia
1991, The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1992/3, New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia, touring USA and Australia
1993, The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1996, Islands: Contemporary Installations, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1998, New World Art Gallery, Hattem, The Netherlands
1998, Dreamings, Vlaams-Europeesch Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1999, Ramingining Artists Show, High on Art, Melbourne
1999, Le Memorial un chef-d'oeuvre d'art aborigine, Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland; State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2000, Ramingining artists, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
2000, Aboriginal Art in Modern Worlds, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2000, The Art of Place, Australian Heritage Commission Art Award
2000, Yolngu Science: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, MCA, Sydney
2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2001, The 18th NATSIA Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2002, Ramingining, Arte aborigen australiano de la Tierra de Arnhem, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2002, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Palacio de Velazquez, Parque del Retiro, Madrid
2003, Out of the Dilly Bag, Bright!, St Kilda, Victoria
2003, Identity & Country, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2003, Resonance: Recent works from Ramingining, Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
2003, Bula’bula Arts at the Virginia Fringe Film Festival, Virginia, USA
2003, The Native Born: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Ramingining, Australia, Asia Society Museum, New York, USA
2003, The Native Born: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Ramingining, Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, Taiwan
2004, The Affordable Art Fair, New York City, New York, USA
2004, Ramingining Rom: Paintings and Objects from Bulabula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Central Arnhem Land, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
2005, From Our Place to Yours, Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
2005, Gamununggu Ganalbingu: Ganalbingu Painters, Indigenart, Perth
2005, Yaku Yindi: Big Names from Ramingining, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2006, 13 Canoes (an Adelaide Fringe event), South Australian Museum, Adelaide
2006, Recently Ramingining, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2006, Out of the Dilly Bag and into the Canoe, Brightspace! St Kilda
2006, Many many canoes: An exhibition in celebration of the film Ten Canoes, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2007, Bark Paintings from Bula'bula Arts, Ramingining, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
Aboriginal Art Museum, Oudegracht, The Netherlands
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Campbelltown City Art Gallery.
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland.
Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, USA.
Milingimbi Collection, MECA, Milingimbi Educational and Cultural Association.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ramingining Collection, Sydney.
Museum of Mankind, London
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
1988, ANCAAA and Boomalli, exhib. cat., Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Ko-operative, Sydney.
Mundine, Djon, 2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, MCA & Bula’bula Arts
Wallace, D., Desmond, M., Caruana, W., 1991, Flash Pictures, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
1989/90, John Kluge, Painting Their Land Commission, USA
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