Kurun Warun Exhibition
10 February – 29 March 2017
Kurun Warun’s predecessors have lived around the Western District Lakes area of Victoria for thousands of years. They include Girai Wurrung and Djargurd Wurrung people from the country around Warrnambool, and the Gunditjmara people from further north at Portland and Lake Condah. These traditional people were all moved to Framlingham on the Hopkins River during white settlement in the district, between 1861 and 1916.
The traditional owners from this region had lived and thrived in the Lakes District and left behind a continuous history of archaeological sites including fish traps, shell middens, rock scatters and burial sites. It is a record of a rich culture which lived closely linked to the environment.
Kurun Warun began painting the stories of his people in the late 1990s although he had earlier exhibited works in 1974. With the theme “living culture – our story” Kurun Warun connects with the traditions and knowledge of his people in managing natural resources on the land. His paintings use the colours of the land and references to ceremonial body marking as part of that connection. Kurun Warun has exhibited his artwork in Australia and internationally since 2000, while maintaining his other interest in indigenous music as a didgeridoo player.
View: Kurun Warun Paintings