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(1925 – 2001), Australia

England Banggala Biography

England Banggala (Burra, Gun-narta, from Gochan Jiny-Jirra , south-east of Maningrida in Arhmen land in the Northern Territory) is one of the first Aboriginal painters to work as a printmaker and lithographer, studying at the Canberra School of Art in 1983. Also known as Bangala, his most significant themes and designs were the jingubardabiya (pandanus skirt) or female water spirits associated with the dreaming of his ancestors.

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The land, history, fertility and regeneration are revealed in organic, figurative images, ideally suited to printmaking, (both lithography and screen-printing) in the cross-hatching of forms and contrasts of dark against light or on pure, flat areas of colour.

Banggala’s work has been included in a number of significant exhibitions, including New Tracks, Old Land, which toured throughout Australia from 1992 to 1993. Work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
 

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