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Dhalwaŋu clan, Yirritja moiety

Gawarrin Gumana - click to view larger image
Gawarrin Gumana. Courtesy Buku-Larnggay Mulka Centre, 2008

Born about 1935

Gawirrin, the eldest son of Birrikitji, is the oldest surviving painter of the Yirrkala Church Panels (1963).

In 2002 he won the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The following year he received the Order of Australia for his services to Indigenous art and was selected for the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award. In 2009 he won the Red Ochre Award.

Among the many exhibitions to feature his work are: Art of the Dreamtime, Tokyo, in 1966; Dreamings in New York in 1988; Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition at the National Gallery of Australia in 1989; Yirrkala Artists: Everywhen at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2009; and the Biennale of Sydney in 2010.

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