Lambalk Kangun Mannguy (Sugar Glider Eating Flowers) by Graham Badari - Injalak Arts

Artist - Graham Badari

Graham  (b. 1963) is a Bininj man of the Wardjak clan. His language is Kunwinjku, and his country is Maburrinj, which is near Kudjekbinj about 120 km east of Gunbalanya. He draws much of his artistic inspiration from this region. Graham is one of Injalak Arts’ senior screenprint designers, producing many popular designs. He has worked with Injalak Arts since 1990.

Art story - Lambalk Kangun Mannguy (Sugar Glider Eating Flowers)

This design (created in 2013)  shows lambalk (sugar gliders)feeding on mannguy (flowers). The flowers are from a tree known as mandangdang (Corymbia setosa or rough-leafed bloodwood). This tree is also prized amongst Kunwinjku people for making mako (didjeridus).

Lambalk live in hollow trees and are small, omnivorous, arboreal and nocturnal possums. The common name refers to its preference for sugary nectarous foods and ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.

Djirrihdiddid (sacred kingfisher) also features in the design, a turquoise coloured bird that is often spotted during the dry season in the Top End.

The intricate pattern has a sense of subtle movement, as if the leaves are rustling as the lambalk flies past.

Art Centre
Graham's design is printed by the men and women at Injalak Arts; a non-profit Aboriginal-owned social enterprise in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land.

Injalak Arts officially opened in November 1989. Before this, artists screen-printed in a small shed. Today Injalak artists and weavers work outside under trees, and under the long verandahs on either side of the Art Centre; screen printers work in the new purpose built screen-printing room.

Indigenous community art centres play an important role in the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists living in remote communities. Injalak Arts is an outstanding example of a community organisation that is 100% Aboriginal owned and delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for its members. Injalak Arts has around 200 active members – artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations. While based in Gunbalanya, Injalak supports members who live at outstations (regularly travelling to Manmoyi, Mamadawerre and Kabulwarnamyo), thereby generating livelihoods for many individuals and families. 

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