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Date of birth : 1947

Language : Ganalbingu

Clan : Gurrumba Gurrumba

Social Affiliations : Yirritja moiety, Bulanydjan subsection


Robyn Djunginy is a daughter of acclaimed artist Ngulmarmar and is a sister of the renowned artists George Milpurrurru and Charlie Djurritjini. Perhaps best known for her woven bottles, Djunginy is a highly acclaimed fibre artist and painter who has participated in a number of significant exhibitions.  Djunginy draws on the heritage of her mother’s group, the Marrangu Djinang, who have strong connections to the water goanna and the honey ancestor.  Her work in fibre bottle forms refers to a site of the honey ancestors near the airstrip in Ramingining.

When John Kluge visited Ramingining in 1989 and commissioned a large body of work, Djunginy and a number of other Ganalbingu women produced a suite of fine bark paintings which was the first body of work to come into Bula’bula Arts for the Kluge Commission. Djunginy aligned the cross-hatching in her paintings at right angles, similar to the warp and weft of her weavings for which she was already renown.  Her subject matter in the Kluge artworks comprises the flotsam and fauna of her homelands in the freshwater of the Arafura Swamp. Marra, leaves, are a favorite depiction.

Individual Exhibitions:
2000, Robyn Djunginy Weaving, Indigenart, Perth

Select Group Exhibitions:
1983, Mulgurrum Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
1984, Objects & Representations from Ramingining, Power Institute [now MCA], Sydney
1984, Buyu-Ramingining Weaving, Crafts Council, NT
1988, Biennale of Sydney, Aboriginal Memorial, Pier One, Sydney
1989, Ramingining, Gamununggu Miyalk, women painters, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1989, Recent Works from Ramingining and Maningrida, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, NSW
1991, Ramingining, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1992, Vic Health National Craft Award, Victoria NGV
1996, Islands: Contemporary Installations, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1998, 11th Biennale of Sydney
1998, Still Life 1650-1994: Reworking the Tradition, Queensland Art Gallery touring exhibition (six venues in Qld)
1999, Organic Forms, Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Sydney
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, 17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
2000, Inland, Island, Object Galleries, Sydney
2000, Aboriginal Art in Modern Worlds, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
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, Guridji Djama, Thornquest Gallery, Southport, QLD
2003, Forms in Fibre, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2003, Bula’bula Arts at the Virginia Fringe Film Festival, Virginia, USA
2003, Animals & Spirits, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
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, Buyu: Weaving from Ramingining, Budds Beach Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
2004, Ramingining Artists, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2004, Ramingining Rom: Paintings and Objects from Bulabula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Central Arnhem Land, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
2005, Woven Forms, Object Gallery, Sydney and touring Australia
2005, Yaku Yindi: Big Names from Ramingining, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2005, Land of Diversity, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2005, Pandanus to Paper: weavings and prints from Bula’bula Arts, Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
2006, 13 Canoes (an Adelaide Fringe event), South Australian Museum, Adelaide
2006, Bula’bula Arts in 3D, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
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, Ramingining, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2006, Gunga Dhawu (Pandanus Story), Territory Craft, Darwin
2007, Bula'bula Arts: The Next Generation, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne
2007, Rascals of Ramingining, Brightspace!, St Kilda, Vic
2007, Woven Forms: Contemporary Basket Making in Australia, Museum of Brisbane, Qld
2007, Dupun, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2007, Re Coil: Change & Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art, Artback NT Touring exhibition
2009, Floating Life:  Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Qld

The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, USA
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Museum of Contemporary Art, Maningrida Collection, Sydney
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ramingining Collection, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
South Australian Museum, Adelaide
University of Wollongong

Kieffer, SM (ed), 2006, 500 Baskets: A Celebration of the Basketmaker's Art, Lark Books, New York, pg.224
Kleinert, Sylvia & Neale, Margo, 2000, The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford University Press, Australia
Mundine, Djon, 2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, MCA & Bula’bula Arts
Parkes, Brian, 2005, Woven Forms: Contemporary Basket Making in Australia, Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney, exhib. cat.

1989/90, John Kluge, Painting Their Land Commission, USA

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