Paddy Fordham Wainburranga

(Deceased)






Paddy Fordham
"Balangjangalang Spirits"
Cat No. 8005
Size = 61 x 130 cm.
Acrylic on Linen


Paddy Fordham
"Balangjangalang Spirit"
Cat No. 2886
Size = 88 x 93 cm.
Acrylic on Linen


Paddy Fordham
"Rainbow Serpent"
Cat No. 6804
Size = 123 x 171 cm.
Acrylic on Linen




Paddy Fordham
"Rainbow Serpent"
Cat No. 6707
Size = 135 x 100 cm.
Acrylic on Linen


Paddy Fordham
"Python"
Cat No. 8006
Size = 100 x 150 cm.
Acrylic on Linen


Paddy Fordham
"Fish & Snake"
Cat No. 1218
Size = 100 x 135 cm.
Acrylic on Linen


Paddy Fordham
"3 Fish"
Cat No. 6710
Size = 100 x 150 cm.
Acrylic on Linen






Paddy Fordham Wainburranga 


Born:   	        	1932c
Died:   	        	June 2006
Region:         		Southern Arnhem Land, South West Arnhem
Community Centre:   	Jarruluk (Beswick)
Language:       		Rembarrnga
Local Group (clan): 	Mirraytja
Social Affiliations: 	Dhuwa moiety, Gela subsection

Medium/ Form: 
Bark painting, Carving, carved and painted hollow 
log coffin, lithographic print, ochres on bark

Awards: 
1989, Memorial Award for Mawalan's eldest son, [Best artwork in 
      open media] National Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Territory 
      Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin 
1993, Telecom Australia Prize, $15,000 National Aboriginal Art Award, 
      Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin

Films:
Too many Captain Cooks (d: Penny McDonald) 1988. (C)

Collections:
Artbank, Sydney.
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.

Exhibitions:
1984, Aboriginal Art, an Exhibition Presented by the Australian 
      Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, 
1985, The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art 
      Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 
1987, The Fourth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art 
      Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 
1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac 
      Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine 
      Diggins Fine Art] 
1989, Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of  
      Australia, Canberra
1989, The Sixth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and 
      Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 
1990, Spirit in Land, Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land, National Gallery 
      of Victoria 
1990, Tagari Lia: My Family, Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990 -from 
      Australia, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, UK  
1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, 
      Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center 
      for the Arts, United States of America 
1991, Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia 
1991, Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 
1991, The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and 
      Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 
1992, Tyerabarrbowaryaou, I shall never become a whiteman, Museum of 
      Contemporary Art, Sydney 
1992, The Ninth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and 
      Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 
1992/3, New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from 
      Aboriginal Australia, touring USA
1993, The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and 
      Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 
1993, Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres 
      Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra. 
1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung 
      Nordrhein-Westfalen, 
      Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, 
1994, Tyerabarrbowaryaou 2, I shall never become a whiteman, 5th Havana 
      Biennial, Cuba, & Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 
1994, Malu Urul, National Maritime Museum, Sydney 
1994, Art of the Rainbow Snake, National Gallery of Melbourne.

Select Bibliography:
Aboriginal Arts Management Association, 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal 
Art 1990 - from Australia (presented by the Aboriginal Arts Committee, 
Australia Council and Third Eye Centre, Glasgow), exhib. cat., 
Redfern, New South Wales. (C) 

Caruana, W., 1987, Australian Aboriginal Art, a Souvenir Book of  
Aboriginal Art in the Australian National Gallery, Australian  
National Gallery, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory. (C) 

Caruana, W., 1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London. (C) 

Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century 
Aboriginal Art, exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North 
Caulfield, Victoria. Isaacs, J., 

1992, 'A Bitter pill for the white man (woman), Tyerabarrbowaryaou 
at the Museum of Contemporary Art,' Art Monthly Australia 49, 6-7. (C) 

1993, Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and 
Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Artists, 
exhib. cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration 
with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln. (C) 

1992, Tyerabarrbowaryaou I Shall Never Become a Whiteman, exhib. cat., 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. (C) 

Langton, M., 1992-93 'The two women looked back over their shoulders 
& lamented leaving their country: detached comment  (recent urban) 
& symbolic narrative (traditional),' 

Aboriginal Art the Public Eye, Art Monthly Australia Supplement, 7-9. (C) 

Mundine, D., 1992, 'If My Ancestors Could See Me Now.' In 1992, 
Tyerabarrbowaryaou I Shall Never Become a Whiteman, exhib. cat., 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. (C) 

Ryan, J., 1990, Spirit in Land, exhib. cat., National Gallery of 
Victoria, Melbourne. Wallace, D., Desmond, M., Caruana, W., 

1991, Flash Pictures, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Australia, 
Canberra. 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court 
Collection, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings Ltd., Perth. 

1991, Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney  

1994, Tyerabarrbowaryaou 2 I Shall Never Become a Whiteman exhib. cat., 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 


 Discovery Media, Documentation Pty Ltd, and the Australian 
Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


Paddy with his painting of the lightning Man
Notes: Paddy is an elder of the Rembarrnga tribe. As such he has worked in music, dancing and story - telling as a way of life quite apart from painting and sculpture. He is called on frequently to participate in ceremonies all around the Northern Territory. Paddy is also called upon to take part in events of national importance to Aboriginal people. In 1988, on the occasion of the Bicentennary of white colonisation of Australia, Paddy took a prominent part in the Aboriginal memorial, completing some 30 of the 200 hollow log coffins made to commemorate Aboriginal deaths since colonisation. He also attended the 5th Pacific Festival of Arts and Culture in Townsville as leader of the Beswick Dancers, and in the same year made a film "Too many Captain Cooks", to put forward an Aboriginal view of Australian history. Paddy's work often depicts the spirit figures of his country. Courtesy of "New Tracks, Old Land"






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