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Banduk Marika

1954

Moiety: Dhuwa
Clan: Rirratjingu
Homeland: Yalangbara

Daughter of Mawalan I (c.1908-67), sister of Wandjuk (c.1925-87), Langani (b.1943) and Dhuwarrwarr (c.1946)

“Banduk Marika is probably the most well-known contemporary female artist of Eastern Arnhem Land. She divides her time between cities such as Sydney and Yirrikala. Banduk is mostly a print maker who first studied printmaking in the early 1980s, whilst living in Sydney. In 1984 she was artist-in-residence at the Canberra School of Art. She has continued the work of her late brother, Wandjuk, who was a founding member and Chairman of the Aboriginal Arts Board, and was an early campaigner to secure copyright protection for Aboriginal artists.

She was the first Aboriginal person elected to the boards of the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of NT. In 2001 she won the Australia Council’s 2001 Red Ochre Award, and in 2005 won the NATSIAA Bark Painting Award.” (McCulloch, Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Miegunyah 2006)