South West Western Australia

A selection of paintings showing the styles from this Aboriginal art region - some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.

 

Rock Formations by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Rock Formations

Jap 015261  |  acrylic on canvas  |  201 x 119 cm

Fire and Water by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Fire and Water

Jap 015164  |  acrylic on canvas  |  109 x 98 cm

After the Rain by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  After the Rain

Jap 014005  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 79 cm

Kangaroo Spirit at Night by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Kangaroo Spirit at Night

Jap 013780  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 79 cm

Shield Carvings by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Shield Carvings

Jap 015163  |  acrylic on canvas  |  199 x 110 cm

After the Big Rains I by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  After the Big Rains I

Jap 015273  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 96 cm

After the Big Rains II by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  After the Big Rains II

Jap 015274  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 92 cm

Coral Reef Dreaming by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Coral Reef Dreaming

Jap 014075  |  acrylic on canvas  |  154 x 83 cm

Hunters Tracking Kangaroo by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Hunters Tracking Kangaroo

Jap 013782  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 66 cm

Shield Carvings by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Shield Carvings

Jap 015167  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 51 cm

Burning Country by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Burning Country

Jap 014074  |  acrylic on canvas  |  183 x 101 cm

Fire by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Fire

Jap 000937  |  acrylic on canvas  |  131 x 53 cm

The south-west region of Western Australia is home to the Noongar people. Spread across a large area, fourteen different tribal groups have occupied lands between Esperance and Geraldton, talking in towns and cities, coastal areas and drier inland regions.

Noongar groups have been strongly influenced in their art by the style developed by Indigenous artists linked to the Carrolup Mission. The Carrolup School saw Aboriginal children in the 1940s interpreting a western style of landscape painting that integrated their own cultural experiences and feelings about Country. These rural landscapes were imbued with a sense of Aboriginal presence, even while the images themselves were of trees, hills, animals and birds.

The Carrolup artists work was exhibited widely during the 1950s and exhibitions were held across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. From this era Noongar artists have developed and expanded the styles and subjects of their art. Bella Kelly, born in Mt Barker in 1915, may well have been the matriarch of the Carrolup style, beginning her own painting in the 1940s at about age thirty. Other artists from the Carrolup time include Revel Cooper and Reynold Hart, who were joined by the next wave of artists from the 1980s included Lance Chadd, Shane Pickett, and Laurel Nannup, among many others. Landscape painting become infused with images of Creation stories, totemic images, personal stories of struggle and dispossession, and commentary on colonial history and modern political issues. These artists were followed another group including Julie Dowling, Chris Pease, Ben Pushman, Sandra Hill, Athol Farmer, Shane Hansen and others who carry on the tradition.

As Noongar country comprises such a widespread territory, various art groups have formed in towns and cities across the region. Towns with active arts involvement include Albany, Katanning, Narrogin, Bunbury, Geraldton and Perth. As in the wider art world Noongar artists have taken on many forms of expression including sculpture and carving, photography and digital art, printmaking, ceramics and installation art.

Artists:

Yondee Shane Hansen