Date of birth : c 1942
Language : Ganalbingu
Clan : Gurrumba Gurrumba
Social Affiliations : Yirritja moiety, Bulanydjan subsection
Djukulul is a renown painter from a powerful Ganalbingu family of artists. Her brothers are George Milpurrurru (deceased) and Charlie Djurritjini. Born at Murrwangi, in the Arafura Swamp region near Mulgurrum, Djukulul lived and went to school at Milingimbi in the 1960's. Encouraged to paint there by a mission superintendent and taught by her father, Ngulmarmar, Djukulul has developed a fine style of her own.
When she moved to Ramingining, Djukulul continued to paint for the newly developing town and craft centre in 1970s. In 1986 the Robert Holmes a' Court collection acquired ten pieces from the Dorothy Djukulul and Djardie Ashley, joint exhibition held at the Aboriginal Artists Gallery in Melbourne.
Djukulul has a special place in Aboriginal Art in that she has been taught to paint designs normally tabu to women, although what she may know of the designs is limited. Within her caveat on the use of these designs and religious stories, Djukulul has developed her own unique touch or stamp that distinguishes her among both men and women painters. Her 'hand' and style are much admired by both Balanda (white people) and Yolngu alike. Her style has an inner strength which underlies the power of her own character. This inner resource has enabled Djukulul to paint through the years, despite much social pressure exerted against this practice.
Djukulul was part of the Ramingining artists group who carved and painted ‘The Aboriginal Memorial’, a collection of 200 hollow log burial poles to honour the indigenous people who were killed during the first 200 years of white settlement in Australia.
1984, Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Melbourne (with Djardie Ashley)
1986, Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Melbourne (with Djardie Ashley)
1988, Esplanade Gallery, Darwin (with Djardie Ashley)
1990, Cooee Gallery, Paddington (with Djardie Ashley)
Select Group Exhibitions:
1974 to 1976, Art of Aboriginal Australia, touring Canada, Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Ltd.
1982, Aboriginal Art at the Top, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1983, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
1987, The Art of Ramingining, The Centre Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld
1987, The Fourth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1988, The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1988, Biennale of Sydney, Aboriginal Memorial, Pier One, Sydney
1988, Karnta, Touring South-east Asia, [non selling Karnta show]
1989, Ramingining, Gamununggu Miyalk, women painters, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1989, Recent Works from Ramingining and Maningrida, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, NSW
1989, The Sixth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1989, Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
1989, Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery, Hobart.
1990, Women from Ramingining, a Girls Own Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1991, Ramingining, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1992/3, New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia, touring USA and Australia
1993, Prints by Ramingining Artists, Hogarth Gallery, Paddington, NSW
1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
1994, The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994, Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1995, The Best Face Value for Autumn, Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, New South Wales
1995, Review- Works by Women from the Permanent Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales
1996, Bula’Bula Arts, Ramingining, Anima Gallery, Adelaide
1996, Islands: Contemporary Installations, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1997, Ramingining Artists, Michel Sourgnes Gallery, Brisbane
1998, New World Art Gallery, Hattem, The Netherlands
1998, Dreamings, Vlaams-Europeesch-Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1998, Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy
1999, The Sixteenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
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, 17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
2000, Aboriginal Art in Modern Worlds, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2000, Bula’bula Arts Gallery, Sydney
2000, Ramingining, Bula'bula, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA
2001, Outside in: Research Engagements with Arnhem Land Art, ANU, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
2002, Miyalk Djama, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2002, A Taste of Aboriginal Art, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA
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
2004, Palya Art, Kew, Victoria
2004, Artists from Ramingining, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2004, The World of Aboriginal Art and Tingatinga Paintings, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
2004, Ramingining Rom: Paintings and Objects from Bulabula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Central Arnhem Land, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
2004, Bulabula Artists Mala, Bandigan Arts, Sydney
2005, Rarrk on Bark, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
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, Nearly Abstract, Bett Gallery and Webb’s, Auckland, New Zealand
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
2006, Dreaming their way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, USA
2006, Ramingining, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2007, 24th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin
2007, Dupun, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of New South Wales.
British Museum, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, London, UK
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
Kelton Foundation, California, USA
Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, USA.
Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany.
Milingimbi Collection, MECA, Milingimbi Educational and Cultural Association.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
The Hida Earth Wisdom Centre, Gifu, Japan
Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong
Contemporary Aboriginal Art, The Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth 1990
Groger-Wurm, H., 1973, Australian Aboriginal Paintings and their Mythological Interpretation, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra.
1993, Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln.
Isaacs, J., 1989, Australian Aboriginal Paintings, Weldon Publishing, New South Wales.
Kleinert, Sylvia & Neale, Margo, 2000, The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford University Press, Australia
Lendon, Nigel, 2001, Beyond Translation: Learning to look at Central Arnhem Land paintings, in Outside In: Research engagements with Arnhem Land Art, exhib. cat. Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra.
Mundine, Djon, 2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, MCA & Bula’bula Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2006, Dreaming Their Way, Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, Scala Publishers, London.
Neale, M., 1994, Yiribana, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1989/90, John Kluge, Painting Their Land Commission, USA
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