Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists is on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 6 December 2013 to 20 July 2014.

The exhibition showcases the work of Australia’s old masters: Aboriginal painters from Arnhem Land who carried one of the oldest continuing traditions of art into the modern era.

The bark paintings include 122 works from the National Museum’s bark painting collection, the largest in the world.

This exhibition celebrates the genius and art of 40 master bark painters including Narritjin Maymuru, Yirawala, Mawalan Marika and their contemporaries.

Read more: http://www.nma.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions

Yirawala, Totemic Crocodile, 1965, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection, National Museum of Australia. © the artist or the artist’s estate, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency 2013

Yirawala, Totemic Crocodile, 1965. Image Courtesy NMA.