Warmun artist flies high on aerogramme design

September 7, 2016 | Indigenous

Viscopy in partnership with the Warmun Art Centre recently licensed the artwork of the highly regarded senior artist and elder at Warmun Community, Patrick Mung for Australia Post’s latest series of aerogrammes and international postage paid envelopes.

A detail of Mung Mung’s 2011 Gawarre painting is featured on the aerogramme, depicting the Ngarrgooroon Country near Halls Creek.

As the artist explains, “Gawarre is the name of an outstation area in Purnululu National Park. The word also occurs as a general Gija word meaning ‘cliff’ or ‘range of steep hills’.”

All the artworks featured in this latest issue by Australia Post were selected from the State Art Collection at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, an institution with a strong commitment to showcasing Indigenous art, life and culture through the visual arts.

Alongside Patrick Mung Mung, the series comprises artworks by Jan Billycan (c.1930–2015) and Jimmy Pike (c. 1940–2002), as well as a collaborative piece by artists at Warakurna Artists.

Read more about the Indigenous Artwork Gallery Series on the Australia Post website

Patrick Mung Mung, Gawarre 2011 (detail), natural earth pigments, ochre and acrylic binder on cotton, 150 x 180 cm, Art Gallery of Western Australia © Patrick Mung Mung/Licensed by Viscopy. Aerogramme design © Australia Post.

Patrick Mung Mung, Gawarre 2011 (detail), natural earth pigments, ochre and acrylic binder on cotton, 150 x 180 cm, Art Gallery of Western Australia © Patrick Mung Mung/Licensed by Viscopy. Aerogramme design © Australia Post.