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Aboriginal Bark Painting by Goobalathaldin

It measures approx 80cm x 39cm. There is a handwritten note on the back - very faint writing, a patient and careful person could make it out.

Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin) (1920-1985), artist and writer, was born in 1920 on Mornington Island, Queensland, and named Goobalathaldin. A member of the Lardil 'tribe', he was one of five brothers and grew up in an Aboriginal family clan, leading a traditional lifestyle.

In the 1960s Roughsey and his elder brother Lindsay (Burrud) initiated a style of bark painting depicting Lardil sacred histories on cross-hatched and pointillist backgrounds. It was gradually adopted by many local artists living at the Mornington mission and became known as the Wellesley region art movement. Roughsey became friendly with an airline pilot, Percy Trezise, who encouraged him in his bark painting and provided him with commercial art materials that helped him adopt a finer technique. He developed a second style of Mornington Island art, depicting scenes of both mission and Lardil ways of life, for example, water-lily harvests and dugong feasts. His paintings, often signed Goobalathaldin, were exhibited at Cairns, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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