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Date of birth : 1951

Language : Ganalbingu

Clan : Gurrumba Gurrumba

Social Affiliations : Yirritja moiety, Bangadi subsection

 Girirrkirirr's homeland country is Ngalyindi, located within the Arafura Wetlands. Part of the Arafura Wetlands is the area for the setting of the film Ten Canoes,  made by Rolf de Heer and the Ramingining community from 2003- 2005. During the making of that film there was a cultural resurgence in Ramingining and a number of intermittent artists, including Peter, were inspired to make paintings and other artworks and material culture items.

With the wave of cultural resurgence, Girirrkirirr was  inspired to create a significant body of work. These paintings can be seen on the Twelve Canoes website (www.twelvecanoes.com) which provides an extraordinary insight into the life and culture of the people of Ramingining.

Back in the days when Yolngu had positions of responsibility in the community, Girirrkirirr was employed as the Essential Services Officer for Ramingining. Because of his responsibility for ensuring that the generator provided electricity for the community, Girirrkirirr earned the nick-name Peter Power.

Girirrkirirr is the 'brother' of renowned artist Johnny Bulunbulun (deceased) and therefore paints the same 'country' or tract of land. While Girirrkirirr has his own style, one can see similarities in the 'stories' as depicted by Bulunbulun.

Select Group Exhibitions:
1984, Objects & Representations from Ramingining, Power Institute [now MCA], Sydney
1990, Innovations in Aboriginal Art, Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, NSW
2000, Yolngu Science: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, MCA, Sydney
2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
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, 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
2005, Emergence: Happening Artists from Ramingining, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2007, Bark Paintings from Bula'bula Arts, Ramingining, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

Collections:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ramingining Collection, Sydney.

Publications:
Mundine, Djon, 2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, MCA & Bula’bula Arts


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