Carved wood, feathers and ochre
142 x 16 x 24 cm
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ProvenanceKimberly Art, VIC
StoryTerry Yumbulul was born around 1950 on Wessell Island, part of the English Company Islands, off the coast of North East Arnhem Land. He grew up at the mission on Elcho Island, where he attended the local school. Terry is a member of the Warramiri clan whose lands comprise the Wessell Islands, the English Company Islands, the Bromby Islands and areas on mainland Australia in North-eastern Arnhem Land. He is the traditional owner to some thirty-six islands, and is a respected tribal elder and prominent community figure. Terry's artworks depict creation stories of these areas, and is the only person within his clan with the authority to paint the sacred designs and certain stories in a special way, according to the tradition passed down by his father and grandfather before him. He believes that his painting will keep the stories of his people alive for the generations to follow, and in the hope of reaching a better understanding between the Indigenous and non indigenous cultures. He says:'Art is a way of preserving my culture and the pictures I paint are from stories I heard as a child.' (Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)