CRUSOE KURRDAL (Ridjimiraril)JAMIE GULPILIL (Dayindi/Yeeralparil)RICHARD BIRRINBIRRIN (Birrinbirrin & Associate Producer)PETER MINYGULULU (Minygululu)FRANCES DJULIBING (Nowalingu)PHILIP GUDTHAYKUDTHAY (The Sorcerer)DAVID GULPILIL (The Storyteller)Ten Canoes
PHILIP GUDTHAYKUDTHAY (The Sorcerer)

Born in 1935, Philip Gudthaykudthay is the most senior artist from Ramingining. Taught by great artists such as his father Dawidi and his uncle Djawa, Gudthaykudthay has been painting since the 1960s. A stealthy old man with a languid gait, Pussycat, as he is colloquially known, is a senior ritual leader. His nickname comes from one of his principal totems, Burruwara, the native cat -one just has to watch him walk to see the connection.

In the 1960s Gudthaykudthay first sold his paintings through Alan Fidock at the Milingimbi Mission. He was living on the mainland at Nangalala and worked variously as a fencer, stockman and crocodile hunter, while painting in his free time. Gudthaykudthay was the first Ramingining artist to have a solo show. Held at the Garry Anderson Gallery in 1983, the show was a sellout. Since that time he has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including four more solo shows.

(Reproduced with permission from Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation.)

PHILIP GUDTHAYKUDTHAY (The Sorcerer)