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Woodinda

Woodinda is from the Jirrbal clan and from Ravenshoe, and belongs to the language group Djribalngan, skin group, Gurrgila. Woodinda was born in Far North Queensland, and is one of the few artists that is painting the traditional stories of the rainforest people. In 1993 Woodinda was introduced to acrylic painting and since then he has expressed his artistic culture on canvas and water colour paper. The artist’s tradtional name, Woodinda is that of a great hunter of the Djribalngan people who lived back in the 1900’s to 1930’s, who’s name has been passed down from generation to generation. Woodinda’s father also carried the same name and he too was a very talented artist. At a young age Woodinda was given his name by his grandmother, who is approaching 90 years of age and is still living in her tradtional area of Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland.

Woodinda’s oldest son also carries the name of Woodinda so there are three generations that carry this strong name. Hunters are considered to be great value to the clan and must learn many skills, such as: tool use, tracking, reading the seasons, and knowledge of lore, song and dance. Throughout Woodinda’s paintings you will see the Djribalngan culture that has been instilled in him at a very young age by his grandmother and father, both of whom are very important people in the knowledge of this ancient cultural heritage of the Djribanlngan people. His cultural heritage passed down to him has given him a rich and strong connection to each painting he completes. Over the years his style has constantly evolved as he explores his artistic imagination by the traditional lifestyle that his ancestors once were governed by. The market demand and future potential of an artist such as Woodinda is yet to be fully realised.

As Woodinda gains in confidence and develops through various influences, his artist status will go from strength to strength. Many of Woodinda’s paintings depict the important foods that were hunted, cooked and gathered by men of his tribe. Each piece is done with intense concentration and with strong cultural creative energy. His unique style and use of warm, rich strong and sometimes bold colours, always gives the canvas a relationship with his people, clan and country. With other members of his family, he visits regularly many of the Principle waterholes and old campsites of the country in which he grew up, the country from whose ancient culture, come the stories and symbols that inspired Woodinda’s art. Woodinda is married to Karen Wallace, also an artist and they have four talented sons, three of them painting and selling their works at a number of galleries within Australia. Mundejah and Woodinda have instilled and passed on their cultural heritage to their four sons. Their names are Woodinda Jnr, Djirbal, Gangarrubay and Gurraca.

Eel Trap

Eel Trap

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: 86cm x 40cm
Code: 11696
(GDC)

$780.00
inc. GST in Australia

Yuri (Kangaroo)

Yuri (Kangaroo)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size:90cm x 40cm 
Code: 8017 
(GDC)

$770.00
inc. GST in Australia

Gumbiyan (Echidna) & Jagay (Goanna)

Gumbiyan (Echidna) & Jagay (Goanna)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: 85cm x 40cm 
Code: 9238 
(GDC)

$770.00
inc. GST in Australia

Sand Goanna & Snake

Sand Goanna & Snake

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: 92cm x 44cm
Code: 9351
(GDC)

$770.00
inc. GST in Australia

Eel Trap

Eel Trap

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: 40cm x 30cm
Code: 9629 
(GDC)

$230.00
inc. GST in Australia

Cassowary

Cassowary

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: 30cm x 40cm
Code: 10924 
(GDC)

$230.00
inc. GST in Australia

Fishing

Fishing

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: 30cm x 40cm
Code: 6833 
(GDC)

$230.00
inc. GST in Australia

Gumbiyan (Echidna) - (B&W + Red)

Gumbiyan (Echidna) - (B&W + Red)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Brolga - (B&W + Red)

Brolga - (B&W + Red)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Gumbiyan (Echidna) & Jagay (Goanna) - (B&W + Green)

Gumbiyan (Echidna) & Jagay (Goanna) - (B&W + Green)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Jagay (Goanna) - (B&W + Red)

Jagay (Goanna) - (B&W + Red)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Cassowary - (B&W + Green)

Cassowary - (B&W + Green)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Kangaroo - (B&W)

Kangaroo - (B&W)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Snake - (B&W + Green)

Snake - (B&W + Green)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Bungadoo (Turtle)

Bungadoo (Turtle)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Snake

Snake

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Gumbiyan (Echidna)

Gumbiyan (Echidna)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 20cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Jagay (Goanna)

Jagay (Goanna)

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile & Dreamtime Story included. 
Size: Approx 19cm x 20cm

$75.00
inc. GST in Australia

Solo Exhibitions: 1999 "Woodinda The Hunter", The Original Dreamtime Gallery, Alice Springs; 2000 "Yarracali", The Original Dreamtime Art Gallery, Alice Springs.Group

Exhibitions: 1997 "Townsville’s Artist", Gallery Art Connections, Townsville; 1999 Aboriginal Dance & Cultural Festival, Laura; 2000 "Tribal Visions Fashion & Art", Radisson Resort, Cairns; 2000 "A Place Far Away", Kingsford Smith Suite, Sydney International Airport, Sydney; 2001 Cairns Artist Atrium Gallery Paradise Palms, Cairns; 2001 "Dr Knoch Foundation" Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns; 2002 National Aboriginal & Islander Day of Commemoration, Cairns Artist, Cairns; 2002 Yooloo Art, Aurora Place AMRO Building, Sydney; 2002 "From Dreaming To Reality", Volvo Gallery, Sydney; 2002 Yooloo Art New South Wales "Bush Poet of the Year", Sydney; 2003 National Aboriginal & Islander Day of Commemoration, Cairns Artist, Cairns; 2003 Art Workers Alliance, Nth Queensland Indigenous Artists, Brisbane; 2003 Burrgla Art Center, Nth Queensland Indigenous Artists, Brisbane; 2003 Cairns Artist Art Barn, Cairns; 2004 National Aboriginal & Islander Day of Commemoration, Cairns Artists, Cairns; 2005 Art Gallery Te Aroa Cultural Center, Original Authentic Art Gallery, New Zealand; 2005 National Aboriginal & Islander Day of Commemoration, Cairns Artists, Cairns; 2006 National Aboriginal & Islander Day of Commemoration, Cairns Artists, Cairns.

Commissions, Workshops, Curator, Publications, Awards: 1997 Commissioned Mural Beligan Gardens State School, Townsville; 1998 Commissioned Canvas, Jirrbal Ranger Station, Ravenshoe; 1999 Award High Commendation, Aboriginal Dance & Cultural Festival, Laura; 2000 Commissioned Poes, Duty Free Shop DFS, Cairns; 2000 Published, The Art Place, 5th National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, National; 2001 Australian Art Collector Issue 16 Featured Artist Back Cover, National; 2002 Commissioned Canvas, NSW Bush Poet of the Year, Auction Art, Sydney; 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Workshop Aboriginal Art Whiterock State School Year 1 to 7, Cairns; 2003 Commissioned Canvas, Deputy Principal White Rock State School, Cairns; 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Curator NAIDOC Week Exhibition, White Rock State School, Cairns; 2005 Commission Art Design, Rugby League Jersey & Players Uniform, Cairns; 2006 Commissioned Canvas, Principal White Rock State School, Cairns; 2006 Commissioned Canvas, Great Pyramid Race, Gordonvale; 2007 Commissioned Canvas, MOBIL Regional Office Front Foyer, Cairns; Commissioned paintings for Gallery brochures, Cairns.