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Bardayal (Lofty) Nadjamerrek: Ngarrbek (Echidna)

The Artist

According to  the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek’s practice encompassed bark paintings, etchings, works on paper and print media, as well as other reprographic techniques. His work explores the interconnected nature of contemporary art practice and the ancient traditions, knowledge systems and stories connected to his Country and heritage. Through his practice Nadjamerrek strove to encourage non-Indigenous people to develop a deeper understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal cultures.

Nadjamerrek’s work is held in a number of collections, including the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council, held by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Artbank, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Australian Museum, Sydney; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Bardayal Lofty Nadjamerrek Ngarrbek

The Work of Art

Ngarrbek (Echidnas) is a screen-print produced and published through the Injalak Arts Centre  around 1992. The work depicts two styllised echidnas. The work shows Lofty's technique of single line hatching whiich  is almost unique to this artist. According to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lofty is one of the few indigenous painters that not only printed his works but worked also on bark painting and in Country forming paintings in caves.  Exmples of Lofty's rock-art can be seen in the lands of his mother in Western Arnhem-land.