Peter Nabarlambarl Alternative spelling : Balambarr Other Names : Manakali Dob: 1930 Died: 16/8/2001 Clan: Djordi Language: Kunwinjku Area: Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)
Brolga, Manmoyi crossing, Mimi, Namarrkon, Djingana from Gamagawan, barramundi, didjeridu, kangaroo, Arnwak tree [edible fruit] Sugarbag man, Sugarbag woman, Emu, yam Catfish, turtle, goanna, saltwater fishing, dingo, marrimarniyi country, Gingana [rainbow serpent] Manimaniyi, crocodile & barramundi, Burranyila, his mothers country, Nadjirikarni country, wakwak story,
Peter Nabarlambarl was blind for the last 12 months of his life because of eye problems when he died in 2001. He had been married twice and has 3 sons and 2 daughters. Neither of his sons have gone through their age grading ceremonies, and so he has not passed on to themhis stories and designs, which it appears will now die with him althoughhis daughter, Natalie Guymala has now begun to paint in the same style as her father. He was one of the only surviving members of his clan who paints, and is held in high regard by collectors, museums and art galleries. His works have also been illustrated in authentic art books. Anthropologists used to use Peter as their guide and mentor when they visited rock art sites. He knew many sacred sites in Western Arnhem Land,and the myths attached to the rock paintings. He was very nimble for hisage and would outstrip much younger men when clamoring up steep Injalak hill at Oenpelli, one of the more accessible rock galleries, where there are many paintings in caves and ledges.
He was taught to paint on bark by his father and grandfather, and his style is very like that seen on rocks in the escarpments, which stretch for 300 miles from Kakadu to Maningrida. Like most of the Oenpelli artists he preferred to paint on Arches Rives paper (100% cotton). Peter was one of the last true rock artists alive.