Woodinda

To be Auctioned on July 25th 12 Noon

Born in far North Queensland, Woodinda is of the Dhurbarnlangann people and is one of few artists that paint the traditional stories of the rainforest people. In 1993 Woodinda was first introduced to acrylic paint, and since then has created his artwork on canvas and paper. The artist’s traditional name, Woodinda, was given to him at a young age and is that of a great hunter of the Dhurbalarnlgann people. Hunters are of high status in the clan and require many skills such as tool use, tracking, reading the seasons and knowledge of lore, song and dance.
Woodinda’s painting communicates the Dhurbarnlangann culture, which his grandmother instilled in him at a very young age. Each piece expresses aspects of Woodinda’s cultural heritage. Over the years his style has evolved as he explores and expresses his ancestral history.
A predominant theme in Woodinda’s art is the depiction of the important foods that were traditionally hunted by men. This painting depicts the Kangaroo as a important source of food. Woodinda and his family regularly visit many of the principle waterholes and old campsites of the country in which he grew up. In his paintings, these waterholes are represented by concentric circles of dots. His unique style combines fine line work with traditional dot symbols in a palette of warm, earthy tones to express his people and country. The black men represent the hunters and the white men are the ancestors the “dreamtime hunters”.
In Bush Turkey Tracks, the arrow shapes represent the footprints of the bush turkey. These turkeys are running along a fire brake, around them the colours represent the fires lit by aboriginal people to aid in hunting. Aboriginal people have always used fire as a tool in hunting, forcing the animals into pre-prepared ambushes.

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