Danny Nalorlman Djorlom
Died: Sept. 2005
Country: Gunbalanya [Oenpelli]
Subjects and Themes:
Luma Luma, crocodile, Mimi Spirits, Yawk Yawk Spirits, Goanna, Kangaroo, Rainbow Serpent.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Canberra.
Seasons of the Kunwinjku
1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne;
1993, Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art]
1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein
Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark,
1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria
1996, The Thirteenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory, Darwin
December 1993 Editions Southbank Melbourne Vic.
April 1994 Indigenart Perth WA
December 1994 Aboriginal & Tribal Art Gallery The Rocks Sydney NSW
February 1995 Savode Gallery Brisbane QLD
May 1996 Framed Gallery Darwin NT
Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art,
exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria.
1993, Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works
by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. cat. (conceived and designed
by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln. (C)
1994, Kunwinjku Art from Injalak 1991-1992, The John W. Kluge Commission, Museum
Arts International Pty. Ltd., North Adelaide.
Danny Djorlom is the son of the late famous bark painter, Yirawala, whose works hang
in major art galleries both in Australia and overseas. He is about 40 years of age,
married with one child. Danny was taught to paint by his father when the family lived
at a beach camp on Croker Island, off the mainland of Western Arnhem Land, in the
Arafura Sea, and attended the local school. As there were no jobs on the island,
however, apart from a labouring job in a housing project, he reverted to the
traditional way of life, fishing, hunting and learning the art of painting on bark.
Each time he went through an age-grading ceremony his father passed on to him more
and more details of sacred myths relating to the history and religion of his tribe, the
Kunwinjku. Danny's works are now keenly sought after by art galleries and private
collectors. He has travelled interstate, and is represented in the Art Gallery of
Victoria, private collections and in authentic art books. When Yiriwala died, Danny
left Croker Island and went to live at Oenpelli. Here he learnt to paint on Arches
Rives paper (100% compressed cotton), and now produces traditional myths both on bark
and on paper. He divides his time between Oenpelli and the island of his birth, and is
the keeper of all the legends passed down to him by his father.