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About This Artist

PADDY FORDHAM WAINBURRANG

Paddy was born ca 1932 at  Beswick in the Northern Territory.

Paddy is of the Rembarrnga language group from Central Arnhem Land. He was taught to paint by his father although his style incorporates the Balangiarngalain spirit figures and is quite different. His painting has advanced from that of ochre on bark to acrylic on canvas where his freedom of colour and medium is explored in size and quality.

His work has been a part of endless exhibitions including: The second1985, fourth1987, sixth 1989, eighth 1991, ninth 1992/3, tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition in the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT., 'Spirit in Land' from Arnhem Land - 1990 National Gallery of Victoria, 'Tagari Lia: My Family' 1990 travelled to Glasgow, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Centre for the Arts USA, 'Flash Pictures' 1991 National Gallery of Australia, 'New Tracks Old Land' 1992/93 toured USA, Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition 1993 Parliament House, 'ARATJARA: Art of the First Australians' 1993/94 touring Europe. Museum of Contemporary Art,  Sydney 1994 and National Gallery of Melbourne 1994.

Collectors include: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, National Maritime Museum, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, Flinders University Art Museum, Museum of Victoria and The Holmes Court Collection - Perth.

 


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