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Blitner, Edward

Brockman, Noeleen

Nampijimpa Brown, Agnes

Coertse, Deborah

Cox, Clinton

Cox, Marion

Cox, Sara

Dann, Robert

David, Tommy

Dickerson, Danny

Foley, Carol

Gallagher, Pauline

Garlett, Aileen

Green, Maggie

Hackett, Tracey

Hart, Jumbindi Reynold

Hayden, Aaron

Hicks, Pansy

Hudson, Lena

Karadada, Regina

Ken, Brenton

Knapp, Neta (Juanetia)

Loo, Linda Lee

Manyallaluk, Manuel Pamkal

Maxwell, Margerie

Moody, Sidney

Morrison, Glenda

Morrison, Noel (Kyar)

Narkle, Philip

Nowee, Geraldine
Pwerle, Minnie

Radloff, Mark

Raggett, Corama

Read, Nareal

Samson, Janine

Samson, Loreen

Taylor, Marie (Elder)

Thorne, Leonard

Walley, Peter

Walley, Theresa

Wallice, Cindy

Warrie, Kaye

Warrie, Wendy

West, Deborah

Woods, Geoffery

Woods, Jen

 

 

 

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Linda Lee Loo (nee Jackson) was born in Corrigin Western Australia 1967. Linda is connected to the Balladong and Whadjuk clans of Noongar country from the southwest of WA.

Linda’s father Daniel Jackson is originally from Pingelly and mother Rhonda Jackson (nee Smith) from Kalgoorlie.

Linda is a self-taught artist and began to paint at the age of 37, as part of a journey to self-healing.

All paintings are significant to Linda as they represent her childhood, family and connection to land and culture.

Growing up in the bush and having a sense of belonging to country is an important part of Linda’s life. Linda is happiest when sharing stories with her son and husband. Painting gives Linda a sense of spiritual connection and family wellbeing.

 

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Jumbindi Reynold Indich captures landscape colours of the Kimberley, the ocean and South West landscapes. Jumbindi grew up in Karratha and the Kimberley with his foster mother. During his teens he lived in Mandurah with his uncle Frank Nannup. He taught Jumbindi how to hunt, especially blue crabs, black catfish, cobblers, mullet and yellow tail fish.

Jumbindi's Father's tribe is Yeud and his Mother's tribe is Nyoongar.

Jumbindi is a full-time artist and didjeridoo player.

 

 

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Noel 'Kyar' Morrison was born on 4th February 1944 at the Carrolup Mission, now known as Marribank, located in the Shire of Katanning. Kyar is Noel’s tribal name passed on from his

great-grandfather.
He was the eighth child of Dorothy Phillips. His father was Samuel Morrison from Katanning and in total, Noel had nine brothers and ten sisters and two others from his mother’s previous marriage, so was never without company.
Shortly after being born, Noel was taken to live at Moojebing. His childhood was spent constantly on the move as his father searched for work. Most of this took place around the Katanning area. He grew up with a strong traditional Aboriginal culture, mainly taught by his father.
He met and married Elisabeth Joyce Ryder (1946-2003). They had five children, Noelene, Christine,
Derek, Douglas (deceased) and Prassic.
Noel’s life has been one of balancing cultures, keeping alive his Aboriginality while learning and living a traditional Australian way of life. He has been a farmhand, builders’ labourer and worked on numerous Government projects.
With the duties of ‘Elder’ Noel is constantly on call and in great demand as a guest speaker, tour guide and advisor and regularly teaches at TAFE.
Noel is now concentrating on his painting and documenting his stories.

 

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Theresa Walley, (nee Winmar) was born in Kellerberrin on 6 November 1937. She was one of nine children born to Mary Theresa Indich and Louis Winmar. At the tender age of seven, she and several other family members were placed in the care of the Carrolup Mission. Mary and her children absconded and Theresa ended up in St Joseph’s Orphanage at New Norcia. Here she received a very restricted upbringing so was totally unprepared for life when she was sent outside the doors of the Orphanage at age sixteen with a suitcase. She found a job as a domestic at the Quairading Hospital. Eventually she met and married Leslie Robert Walley. The children to this marriage are Trevor, Robert, Doreen, Cheryl Ann, Rosemary, Charmaine and John Christopher (deceased).
Now a great grandmother, Theresa’s life has been one of survival, bringing up children, working and constantly researching the background of her culture.
Rather than retire, now with the duties of ‘Elder’ she is constantly on call and in great demand. Her love of her fellow Indigenous people, especially the young, is very evident in the many projects in which she is involved, including tourism where she guest speaks, does educational bush walks and
demonstrates the values of bush-tucker.

 

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Robert Dann is an Indigenous Australian performer and is recognised throughout Australia and internationally as a dancer, choreographer and didgeridoo player. He has performed throughout the world promoting indigenous art and culture and his work is influenced by his Aboriginal heritage.
Robert  was born in Broome in 1970 to parents Albert and Nellie. His father’s country was Beagle Bay on the Dampier Peninsula belonging to the Nyul Nyul tribe. His mother was from the Stolen Generation originating from the Gija tribe in Derby.  During his childhood he learnt from his elders the traditional way of gathering ‘bush tucker’, hunting, fishing, ceremony and tribal law as well as attending Nulungu College. He then joined Norforce as an Army cadet for 3 years. It wasn’t until he was 23 that he created a passion for dance.
Robert’s journey in dance started as a member of the local Broome group Modern Dreamtime Dancers. He then left home for Perth where he studied Choreography – Aboriginal Dance Development and Aboriginal Theatre at the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts founded by Michael Leslie. Since then he has travelled extensively to promote Australian Indigenous Dance. In 2006 he led the Nibjlm dance group on a tour of France, Belgium and Switzerland to perform at the Folklore Festival, an experience which gave the group positive inspiration. In 2008 he attended the Festival of the World in Valenciennes, France and danced with various Indigenous dancers from all parts of the world. Recently he was invited to the Vatican in Rome to perform ceremonial dance for the canonisation of St Mary McKillop.  He has also starred in his first movie role as a dancer, choreographer and acting as a double for Ernie Dingo in Bran Nu Dae.
It was only 9 years ago that Robert decided to take on the didgeridoo. As it was not a traditional instrument from the Kimberley region he was never taught from a young age. He was quick to master the instrument and has recorded his own soundtrack ‘Wangal’ meaning wind which has been used as a soundtrack for the Jundamarra movie and West Australian Mental Health promotions. His first international performance was with the national Indigenous Showcase touring through Los Angeles, America with G’Day USA in 2007. He performed with other Australian icons such as the Wiggles, the Veronicas, Olivia Newton-John, Bindi Irwin and the Australian Qantas Choir showing his talent to play to any musical style. Other performances included the Australian Embassy in Paris and the Australia Day Oz Concert on a number of occasions.
Robert has continued to make a contribution to Australia’s cultural history, passing on his knowledge of Indigenous arts by creating various workshops and dance which he has delivered to students of all ages and within the Tourism industry.

 

 

 

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Aaron Hayden was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia. His mother is a descendant of the Njaki Njaki People. Through his grandmothers family he has traditional connections to the Eastern District and Yilgarn Regions of WA and his grandfather has traditional connections through the Ballardong People of the Avon region of Western Australia. His family is also connected to the Eyre Peninsula and the Great Australian Bight in South Australia.

Aarons’ art hangs in the WA Parliament House, Government Departments and Hospitals as well as private collections throughout Australia and overseas. Images of his paintings have also be extensively published and reproduced as limited edition prints.

Aarons’ stunning, intricate paintings depict the different areas of his country, traditional dreaming stories and Australia’s native wildlife.

 

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Mark Radloff is a Nyoongar artist and musician. Born in 1967 in Subiaco Western Australia, he is known for his bold wildlife and fish paintings.
Mark's talent for painting stems from his mother Tiddalauree whom he often saw painting. Tiddalauree specialises in painting on silk and Aunty Joyce Winsley is well recognised for her weaving and sculptures. Most of his art portrays an x-ray view of Australian animals and fish or symbolises stories and yarns passed down from his Nyoongar heritage.
Mark’s distinctive style of work using bold, strong colours is in demand throughout Australia and overseas. Mark's paintings are reproduced under license on calendars, books and postcards and interpretive signs on Rottnest Island.

 

 

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Deborah is a self taught artist and her paintings are a depiction of her interpretations of life and its living creatures.

Her Aboriginal ancestry originates from the Bibbulmun people from Gnowangerup WA. Deborah's father is from Holland who came out to Australia after World War II with his mother and brother to make a new start after his father past away.

Deborah began painting while pregnant with her 5th child in 1988. Deborah’s artworks are held in many private collections throughout the World and is widely published.

 

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Neta (Juanetia) Knapp was born in 1953 at Gnowangerup, a small town in the South West of Western Australia and raised at the Roelands Mission.
At 17 years of age Neta left the mission with her parents and would regularly meet with relatives and go out bush on hunting trips. The hunting trips were an important part of her Indigenous culture because she learnt which plants and animals she was allowed to collect and how much. The hunting trips reinforced her respect for the land and her culture.
Neta is committed to reconciliation and educating the wider community about Indigenous culture and respect for the land through her paintings and stories.

 

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Leonard Thorne is a Nyoongar man from the Wilmen and Balladong Tribal Groups, born in Katanning in the heart of the Great Southern Districts of Western Australia.
Leonard started painting from an early age and has a passion for art which stems from watching his parents draw and paint.
Leonards works are in public and private collections.

 

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Noeleen Brockman was born in Mt Magnet, Western Australia in 1958 and is of the Yamatji People. Noeleens’ parents are James Brockman and Shirley Brockman (nee Clinch). Shirley’s mother is from around Paynes Find, the heart of Buddimia territory. Noeleen spent time at Karalundi (located out of Wilunan), Cue and Carnarvon missions from age 4 to age 11 years. In all, Noeleen was one of seven siblings sent to different missions. Noeleen has been painting seriously since 1980 and has a passion for Honey Ants which has been her prime subject for this period, however Noeleen is an accomplished portrait artist. Noeleen has won many People's Choice Awards and her artworks hang in many collections in Australia and overseas.


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Phillip Narkle was born at the Moore River Native Settlement Mission in Western Australia. His parents are descendants of the Noonyar and Wangi tribes.
Phillip has been painting for over 40 years and has sold his work within Australia and on the international market. In his early years Phillip concentrated on landscapes. More recently his subjects are the native animals of the desert country and stories from the South West of Western Australia. Set in the landscape of these regions, the animal figures bring to life the Aboriginal myths and legends. Phillip paintings on paper bark are extremely fine examples of a traditional technique which very few people still practice.
Phillip has won many art awards and his work hangs in Goverment and private collections all over the world.

 

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Regina Karadada is a Wunumbal artist from Kalumburu community in the remote far north west Kimberley region of Western Australia. Kulumburu is isolated by flooding for weeks at a time every wet season.

Regina was born in 1952 in Wyndham which is the closest town to Kalumburu. She is the second generation of senior Wunumbal artists from Kalumburu. Regina’s family includes most of the best known artists from Kalumburu.

Her mother Rosie and father Louis Karadada were carvers and painters, as was her auntie and uncle, Lily and Jack Karadada.

Kalumburu was run as a mission settlement until 1980 when the people took ownership of the community. Regina was taught by the Spanish nuns – good school, taught everything that you learn now, and music, cooking, sewing – everything.”

Regina paints the Rock Art (Wandjina and Gwoin Gwoin) which is abundant in her region.

 

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Edward Blitner is a contemporary Arnhem Land artist who uses the techniques and stories taught to him by his grandfather on country around Ngukurr, on the Roper River in southern Arnhem Land. Edward Blitner was born in 1961 at Ngukurr and in his adult years has lived widely around the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Edward Blitner has painted since he was very young and has a great facility with a range of painting mediums. Edward Blitner uses the styles, as well as the stories and subject matter, of his traditional Arnhem Land home country, and maintains the natural earth colours for the distinctive cross-hatching, or rrarrk patterns, on his paintings.

 

 

 

Marion Cox is a senior artist from Yiyili Community, located 110km west of Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Marion was born on Go Go Station near Fitzroy Crossing in 1959 and went to school in Halls Creek. Marion moved to Derby in her twenties and has five children, who all grew up in Derby. Marion now works at Yiyili Community and lives in Yiyili Community.

Marion leant to paint when she was very young by watching her older brothers and sisters, whom are all artists. Norman Cox is her oldest brother and chairman of Yiyili Community and one of the regions most famous artists.

Marion primarily uses ochre which she and her family collect from ochre pits throughout her country. She paints ochrre on canvas and boab nuts. Her stories depict family, country and bush tucker (plants and fruits). She passes these stories down to her children through story telling and her artworks.

 

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Peter Walley was born in Pinjarra Western Australia in August 1962. Peter has been painting since 2004.

Peter completed a Batchelor of Arts Degree at Curtin University and his specialty is including sand in his paintings "just like icing a cake" Peter says. He is also a qualified Chef and finds painting as creative as cooking. Peter has 14 brothers and sisters, including his brother Dr Richard Walley. The whole family is very creative.

 

 

Sidney Moody was born in 1947 in the Kimberleys.

Skin: Tjampitjin

Language: Kukatja

Sidney Moody lives in Balgo and is married to artist Madeleine Nowee. Sidney's artworks depict the bright desert colours and stories from his traditional homelands Nyila.

 

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Geraldine Nowee was born 6th May 1977 in Derby Western Australia.

Skin: Napaltjarri

Language: Kukatja and Pintupi

Geraldine started painting in 2002. Her inspiration for her paintings comes from the bush tucker, seeds and flowers. Geraldine is the fifth daughter of Brandy Tjungurrayi and Nowee Nangala. Her parents and siblings all paint.

 

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Brenton Ken was born in 1944 and lives in Amata Community SA. As a child Brenton was schooled at Ernabella Mission. As a young man he worked as a carpenter, stockman and fencing contactor.

Brenton and his wife, Iluanti Ken have three children. Brenton started painting in 2007.

 

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Agnes Nampijinpa Brown

Skin Name: Nampijinpa
Language: Warlpiri
Region: Yuendumu, Central Australia

Agnes Nampijinpa Brown was born in 1973 in Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community approximately 450 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She spends her time living between Nyirripi and Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located 160 km south-east of Nyirripi. Agnes attended the Yuendumu School, finishing Year 12. She paints her father’s Jukurrpa stories, the Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) and the Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) that relate directly to her father’s country around Mikanji, found west of Yuendumu and Walungurru south-west of Nyirripi. These stories have been passed down over the generations. Agnes lives with her family and loves painting.

 

 

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