Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

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Ginger Riley Munduwalawala
Ginger Riley.jpg
Borncirca 1936 (1936)
Died1 September 2002 (aged 65–66)
Known forPainting

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala (circa 1936 – 1 September 2002) was an Australian contemporary artist. He was born incountry, in the Limmen Bight area of the Gulf of Carpentaria coast. His first language was Marra,[4] now a critically endangered language. Riley became an artist during the 1950s as a result of his encounter with Albert Namatjira.

Riley was known for his distinctive style of using bright pallet to paint a landscape of Gulf of Carpentaria, populated by mythological figures who created the region.[3] His art is a fusion of "Aboriginal" and "contemporary".[5] He was referred to as "the boss of colour".[6] Riley was awarded the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 1987, the Northern Territory's Alice Prize in 1992, John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize in 1993,[3] the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Commission Award in 1993 and an Australia Council Fellowship for 1997/98.[1]

The National Gallery of Victoria held a 10-year retrospective of his work in 1997. It was the first time a public institution in Australia honoured a living Aboriginal artist in this way.[1][7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Death of Mr Ginger Riley Munduwalawala" (PDF). JOURNALS OF THE SENATE. No. 31. TUESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2002. THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA. 17 September 2002. pp. 737–738. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2006.
  2. ^ "The Alice Prize - past winners and judges". The Alice Prize. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Ginger Riley Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, by Grace and Tamara
  4. ^ Ryan, J., Riley, G., & National Gallery of Victoria. (1997). Ginger Riley. Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria.
  5. ^ Hossack, Rebecca (9 September 2002). "Ginger Riley Munduwalawala - Aboriginal artist with a highly individual style". The Independent. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  6. ^ Ginger Riley, the 'boss of colour', dies, by Larissa Dubecki, September 3, 2002
  7. ^ Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Biography, National Gallery of Victoria

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