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.
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