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Eddie Blitner / Rainbow Serpent (A15422)

SKU: A15422

95cm x 107cm Acrylic on Canvas

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$1,895.00

95cm x 107cm Acrylic on Canvas

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Artist Profile

Edward (Eddie) Blitner was born in Katherine, Northern Territory, in 1961. His bush name is Taiita. In the early years he lived at Ngukurr Community on the Roper River in the Northern Territory. Later he attended school at Concordia College in Adelaide until the age of sixteen. When he returned to the north as a young man he worked as a stockman and general hand on Victoria River Downs. He was at the Gurrinji walkout when he was a youth, and mixed with all of the language groups who populate the northern country from Roper River to Kununurra.

Eddie commenced painting when he was seven – from a very early age, he used to watch his grandfathers, Fred, Gerry and Donald, and the other Elders who taught him to blend ochre, apply the paint, carve, and passed on to him the stories of the work they were doing. Other members of his clan (Barbil) taught him how to make flint spear heads, traditional hunting boomerangs and most importantly how to hunt, fish, find bush tucker and make bush medicine to survive.

Now a high profile contemporary artist, Eddie frequently works with children and young men, teaching them all his skills. He travels widely and is always willing to impart his knowledge. He has devoted many hours helping underprivileged children to learn what his Elders taught him.

Eddie is from Naiyalrindji country on the Roper River, 270 km south-east of Katherine in the Northern Territory.  It is now called the Yugul Mangl Community. Many good painters have emerged from that community and are represented in most major Australian and overseas galleries. His family are renowned artists and carvers. He is a great didgeridoo maker and his fine large bird carvings (some standing two meters high) are breathtaking.

Eddie paints the mimi rock spirit figures of his country, always with an accompanying story/theme and very often incorporating totems, bush tucker, animals in X-Ray style, men’s hunting/fishing and corroboree themes.  He is meticulous in method and fastidious in style.

AWARDS
• Australian Aids Magazine “Blue Bell”
• First Prize, Barunga Aboriginal Cultural Festival

INTERVIEWS
• Four Corners interview for world-wide release (1999) – in-depth interview re Aboriginal Art and Artefacts.

EXHIBITIONS
• Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards, Darwin, N.T.
• Spirits of the Dreaming, Darling Harbour Cultural Centre. Promoted by the “Today Show”, Sydney
• Love Magic Exhibition, Katherine Art Gallery, held at the Sydney Trust, N.S.W. 2000

Artwork Description

An unbroken line of escarpments, known as the Stone Country, stretches for about 300 miles from Kakadu to Maningrida. Aborigines believe that the original inhabitants of this area were the Mimis, tall matchstick-thin spirits, and that they still live there today. In the Dreamtime they taught the old medicine men (marrkidjbu) many skills, including hunting, fishing, ceremonial songs and dances and painting with ochres and clay on rock and on bark. Without a written language, painting and ceremony were the only ways in which the history and religion of the tribe could be passed down, thereby ensuring that future generations would know of the deeds of the Ancestral Beings who walked the earth in the beginning of time.

Rainbow Serpents is a friend and protector of the Mimi Spirits. Aboriginal people believe that Ngalyod, the Rainbow Serpent, created many sacred sites in Arnhem Land, including large billabongs and rivers and creeks, where he is supposed to rest in the dry season. Characteristics of Ngalyod vary from group to group and also depend on the site. He can change into a female serpent, and has both, powers of creation and destruction, most strongly associated with rain, monsoon seasons and the rainbows which arc across the sky like a giant serpent. He is most active in the wet season, preferring to spend the dry season in billabongs and freshwater springs where he is responsible for the production of water plants such as waterlilies, vines, algae and the cabbage tree palms, his favourite food, which grow around the banks.

Mimi Spirits live during the daytime within huge boulders, because they are very shy and have such thin necks that a strong breeze might break them. They come out at night by blowing holes in the rocks and emerging with their weapons and pets – goannas, lizards, echidnas, small rock wallabies and pythons who live in the rocks with them. The only time they really get angry is when someone kills or injures one of their pets. They are not against others of these species being killed for food, but they become extremely upset if their own pets are harmed. All night long the Mimis hunt and fish, make love and hold ceremonies, then at dawn they go back into their homes and pull the rock doors shut after them.

Aborigines respect the wishes of Mimi Spirits to have complete privacy and are careful to stay well away from the escarpments at night. They are regarded as kind friendly spirits.

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