40 x 40cm
This is an idealised portrait of a Ngaymil man. His identity is the ancestral spring waters of that clan as affected by saltwater tidal surge. Gunybi is from this clan and implied that this was a self portrait to match that of his wife. This work was made as a partner to the ‘portrait’ of the Madarrpa clan woman. He calls women from this clan ‘wife’. He says that the intensity of the beauty/fire causes men to shield their eyes. And if they are drawn in to close they will be consumed by it. His Dhuwa man reflects the strengths of the Barracuda. This work is the result of a workshop conducted with revered Canadian printmaker Paul Machnik which introduced new techniques and materials to the Yirrkala Printspace in 2013.
Printed July 2013 (FMP 80E).