Malangi’s bold style of painting was distinctive from his contemporaries. He used thick white lines, large areas of black, chocolate brown ochre and generous amounts of rarrk (crosshatching). He began bark painting as a young man, taught by his father and uncle to paint on bodies for ceremonies, on hollow logs for burials and later on stringybark. He was taught to paint the story of his creation ancestor, Gurrumurringu, and the story of the Djangkawu sisters. His style influenced several other central Arnhem Land painters.