Paddy Fordham Wainburranga: Recent Acquisitions
Sat 31 July - Sun 19 September
In 2020 Katherine Littlewood generously donated a selection of prints by Paddy Fordham Wainburranga to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection through the Cultural Gifts Program.
Paddy Fordham Wainburranga (1932 – 2006) was a dancer, painter, printmaker, sculptor of the Dhuwa moiety and Rembarrnga mythologies dreaming, born at Bandibu (or Bamdibu/ Bumdubu) (in Arnhem Land, the Northern Territory, Australia).
Wainburranga’s painted and printed subject matter includes ancestral stories as well as political and social changes experienced, and incorporates iconography from both Aboriginal and European cultures. He painted, printed and sculpted spirit figures such as the Balangjangalan Spirit, an ancestral spirit, and Mimi Spirits.
He began printmaking in the early 1990s. His planographic prints include lithographs and screen prints. Wainburranga’s prints were included in ground-breaking national and international exhibitions of the 1990s such as Tyerabarrbowaryaou: I Shall Never Become a White Man (Museum of Contemporary Art, 1992) and New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia (Aboriginal Arts Management Association, Sydney and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 1992).
Image: Paddy Wainburranga Fordham, Mun Gruk Gruk Man 2003
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