Hunting at Yardanggarlum
Catalogue No: PM43
Image Size: 59 cm x 93.6 cm (printed image - irregular)
Paper Size: 76.2 cm x 102.6 cm
Print Type: Planographic
Technique: Lithograph, printed in colour, from multiple plates
Support: Thick buff wove Arches BFK Rives paper
Printer: Franck Gohier
Publisher: Northern Territory University, Darwin, NT
This print shows an event from the artist’s own life when he was hunting at Yardanggarlm (Dingo Springs) near Lake Argyle, Western Australia. The artist tells the story as follows: “A long time ago I used to go hunting at Yardanggarlm. This time I went hunting with my dog. I went hunting there. I was looking for bush turkeys, kangaroos, anything. I found a turkey but I had no bullets for my rifle. No gun, no anything. So I got my dog to get the turkey. He jumped down from my car. He ran underneath the car, chasing a big goanna. He ended up getting that goanna and then I sent him after the turkey. He jumped and grabbed the turkey by the leg and pulled him down. He grabbed him just when he was ready to fly away”. The print show’s the artist’s dog grabbing the turkey’s leg as he tried to fly away. Around the two animals the artist has shown the hills and waterfalls in Yardanggarlm country as seen from the sky. He has put the dog and the turkey “on top of the land” so they can be seen. He said if he had shown them in their actual size they would be “just a little spot”.
Tommy Bung Bung (Polkinghorne), whose skin name is Jungari, was born in the West Kimberley, near Derby, Western Australia and calls Dingo Springs home. His mother was ‘Gidja’ and father ‘Jaru’. His father worked on stations around Derby but his rightful country extends from Halls Creek to Warmun in the central Kimberley. Tommy, his wife Theresa and children live at Dingo Springs near Lake Argyle in his wife’s country who is ‘Mirrawoong’. Tommy earns his living mainly through his art, carving slates and boab nuts. He has also been successful with printmaking, winning category prizes in both the Kununurra Art Show and the Marene Bruce Prize, Derby.