Balang and Narditjan are the skin names of the married couple. In his Married Law paintings, Paddy depicts a tradition when aboriginal people make a life together. They are assured of their mortal lives as well as there spiritual lives. Sometimes in his paintings there is a dragonfly or butterfly which are totems and are symbolic to life after death. Aboriginals in Arnhem Land believe in reincarnation. Paddy says even insects have a biggest history, language, skin group, and culture.
About Paddy Fordham Wainburranga
Paddy Fordham Wainburranga's paintings and carved balangjarngalain spirit figures are without parallel. The loose fluidity of line and form - in two or three dimensions - defies standard conventions. The borders of his paintings on bark and canvas are often crooked, the paint rough and unfinished but an impressive, gestural power dominates each painting. Paddy works with a raucous vigour on a plain background, painting vital spirit figures, writhing serpents, circles and dots without concern for symmetry, precision or minute elaboration.
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