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#25 LIN ONUS TAKES OVER THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FOR BADU GILI (WATER LIGHT)


LIN ONUS, 1948-1996, Wirrirr Wirrirr (Rainbow Birds), 1988

If you’ve been in Sydney recently you can't have missed Badu Gili (Water Light) - the magnificent art projections on the sails of the Sydney Opera House running since June. 

Living in Melbourne, I was aware this was happening but hadn't really taken the time to check it out sooner. I wish I had.

Not only is the 7 minute display absolutely beautiful, mesmerising and moving, but it begins with artworks by one of the most collectable contemporary Indigenous artists - Lin Onus.

And after his wonderfully animated signature lily pads and rarrk fish, what really bowled me over was seeing Wirrirr Wirrirr (Rainbow Birds) - the same work that featured in my June exhibition - included as well.

I would like you to know that this iconic work is available to purchase (see full image below).

And it's an important work for Onus, being one of only a small number of paintings that pays direct tribute to his artistic mentor, the great bark painter, Jack Wunuwun. 

It was painted in 1988, a year after the two artists met for the first time. Regular visits to Wunuwun's community, city-based Onus was soon 'adopted' into the Murrungun clan and bestowed the right to paint the clan’s heraldic cross-hatched designs and certain Dhuwa moiety subjects.

Onus employed this extension of his visual repertoire to depict scenes and images in an intentionally hybrid of styles; the figurative style of European art and the symbolic imagery of Aboriginal art. This he felt was a true reflection of his identity, being born of a Scottish mother and a Yorta Yorta father.

If you're interested in discussing the painting in more detail, get in touch with me on 0421 122 023 or dlan@dlandavidson.com.au

D'Lan

P.S. If you haven't experienced Badu Gili yet, you can see the full show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMmLRIc6Sgg

 

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