Patrick Mung Mung is a senior artist and elder from the East Kimberley in Western Australia.
Painting with natural pigments on canvas is a significant aspect of his art practice. His knowledge of his country and his cultural memory of family, land and work are powerful influences in his work. Like his late father, George Mung Mung, Patrick is a strong cross-cultural communicator. Mung Mung’s work is influenced by the previous generation of Warmun artists for their raw directness and composition; these artists include Rover Thomas and Paddy Jaminji.
Mung Mung was born at Spring Creek, c. 1944 and worked as a stockman for many years on Texas Downs Station and nearby stations in the East Kimberley. He was the last worker to leave Texas Downs when it closed in the 1970s.
In 1991 following his father’s death, it fell to Mung Mung to accompany his father’s carving Mary of Warmun to Canberra for the exhibition Aboriginal Art and Spirituality at the High Court of Australia. This occasion marked the beginning of a journey for Mung Mung, which was to see him take on his father’s role of senior artist, law and culture man.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
The Gentle Light of Warmun. Seva Frangos Art, Perth
Patrick Mung Mung & Betty Carrington. Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
Patrick Mung Mung & Mabel Juli. Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
• Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
• Artbank, Sydney
• Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
• Banks Collection, USA
• Broadmeadows Health Service Collection, Victoria.
• Coomalie Culture Centre, Northern Territory
• Edith Cowan University Collection, Western Australia.
• Gavan Fox Collection, Adelaide
• Harding Family Collection, Queensland
• Harland Collection, NSW
• Kaplan Collection, USA
• Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
• Murdoch University Collection, Perth
• Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
• National Australia Bank, Sydney
• National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
• Nibberluna Collection, Tasmania
• Parliament House Collection, Canberra
• Royal Automobile Club of Victoria Collection, Melbourne
• Ron Whyte collection, Sydney
• Strachan Collection, Melbourne
• Wesfarmers Collection, Perth