Yondee Shane Hansen

Artist Bio & Artworks

Yondee Shane Hansen is a West Australian Noongar artist from Dumbleyung.

 

Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019513  |  acrylic on canvas  |  191 x 97 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 018598  |  acrylic on linen  |  191 x 100 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019512  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 89 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019207  |  acrylic on canvas  |  189 x 95 cm

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Derbarl Yerrigan Wetlands by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Derbarl Yerrigan Wetlands

Jap 018934  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 61 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019398  |  acrylic on canvas  |  188 x 91 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 019402  |  acrylic on canvas  |  187 x 94 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019606  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 80 cm

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Six Seasons by Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater

Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater  |  Six Seasons

Jap 019516  |  acrylic on canvas  |  188 x 91 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019093  |  acrylic on linen  |  197 x 105 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019400  |  acrylic on canvas  |  189 x 88 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019514  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 69 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 018733  |  acrylic on linen  |  192 x 91 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 018614  |  acrylic on linen  |  192 x 96 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 017356  |  mixed media on canvas  |  86 x 56 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 017611  |  acrylic on canvas  |  195 x 101 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019395  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 42 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019607  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019521  |  acrylic on canvas  |  192 x 91 cm

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Shell Middens by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Shell Middens

Jap 019013  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167 x 92 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 019401  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 70 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019608  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 90 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019515  |  acrylic on canvas  |  192 x 90 cm

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Rock Formations by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Rock Formations

Jap 019196  |  acrylic on canvas  |  161 x 103 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 018731  |  acrylic on linen  |  190 x 93 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019625  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 93 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019397  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 53 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019605  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 91 cm

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Derbarl Yerrigan by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Derbarl Yerrigan

Jap 019209  |  acrylic on canvas  |  80 x 64 cm

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Derbarl Yerrigan – Swan River by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Derbarl Yerrigan – Swan River

Jap 018557  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 242 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 018762  |  acrylic on linen  |  189 x 97 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 018599  |  acrylic on linen  |  124 x 84 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 018558  |  acrylic on linen  |  163 x 78 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019104  |  acrylic on linen  |  196 x 98 cm

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Spear Trees and Waterhole by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees and Waterhole

Jap 019095  |  acrylic on linen  |  197 x 110 cm

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Six Seasons by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Six Seasons

Jap 019750  |  acrylic on canvas  |  606 x 183 cm

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Sand Painting – Water Series by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Sand Painting – Water Series

Jap 017997  |  mixed media on canvas  |  76.5 x 36 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 018937  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 61 cm

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Shell Middens by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Shell Middens

Jap 019172  |  acrylic on canvas  |  160 x 98 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019103  |  acrylic on linen  |  198 x 107 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019519  |  acrylic on canvas  |  191 x 93 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 019197  |  acrylic on canvas  |  161 x 96 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 018936  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 61 cm

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Gnamma Holes, Dry Season by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes, Dry Season

Jap 018909  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 82 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 019208  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 62 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019523  |  acrylic on canvas  |  193 x 85 cm

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Shell Middens by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Shell Middens

Jap 019035  |  acrylic on canvas  |  165 x 108 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 019211  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 91 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019396  |  acrylic on canvas  |  105 x 30 cm

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Wetlands, Derbarl Yerrigan by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Wetlands, Derbarl Yerrigan

Jap 018416  |  acrylic on canvas  |  158 x 61 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019511  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 94 cm

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Everlastings by Yondee Shane Hansen and Brigitte Slater

Yondee Shane Hansen and Brigitte Slater  |  Everlastings

Jap 019198  |  acrylic on canvas  |  162 x 93 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 018732  |  acrylic on linen  |  191 x 93 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 019372  |  acrylic on canvas  |  53 x 37 cm

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Coral Reef by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Coral Reef

Jap 019204  |  acrylic on canvas  |  185 x 95 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019518  |  acrylic on canvas  |  193 x 85 cm

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Derbarl Yerrigan Wetlands by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Derbarl Yerrigan Wetlands

Jap 019028  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167 x 98 cm

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Shield Carvings by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Shield Carvings

Jap 015163  |  acrylic on canvas  |  199 x 110 cm

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Six Seasons by Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater

Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater  |  Six Seasons

Jap 019381  |  acrylic on canvas  |  188 x 97 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 018417  |  acrylic on canvas  |  225 x 108 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019195  |  acrylic on canvas  |  162 x 102 cm

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Derbarl Yerrigan by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Derbarl Yerrigan

Jap 018524  |  acrylic on canvas  |  194 x 106 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019376  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167 x 52 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 018569  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 61, 3 panels

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Wildflowers – Everlastings by Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater

Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater  |  Wildflowers – Everlastings

Jap 019382  |  acrylic on canvas  |  194 x 94 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 018612  |  acrylic on linen  |  192 x 102 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019510  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 61 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 018415  |  acrylic on canvas  |  189 x 89 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 019374  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 30 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019522  |  acrylic on canvas  |  194 x 91 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater

Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 019379  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 85 cm

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Rain Man by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Rain Man

Jap 019603  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 51 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 019399  |  acrylic on canvas  |  188 x 96 cm

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Coral Reef by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Coral Reef

Jap 019170  |  acrylic on canvas  |  161 x 97 cm

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Derbarl Yerrigan Wetlands by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Derbarl Yerrigan Wetlands

Jap 018935  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 61 cm

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Wildflowers – Everlastings by Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater

Yondee Shane Hansen & Brigitte Slater  |  Wildflowers – Everlastings

Jap 019378  |  acrylic on canvas  |  168 x 91 cm

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Spear Trees by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Spear Trees

Jap 019102  |  acrylic on linen  |  196 x 99 cm

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Derbarl Yerrigan – Swan River by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Derbarl Yerrigan – Swan River

Jap 017948  |  acrylic on canvas  |  199 x 104 cm

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Yondee Shane Hansen

Noongar artist Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen Biography

Yondee Shane Hansen is a Perth based Noongar artist. He was born in 1964 at Dumbleyung, 270 km south west of Perth. He grew up in WA’s south west around Narrogin, and later near Guildford on the outskirts of Perth. The story of his early life and his attraction to painting gives a strong idea of how his life story feeds into his role as an Aboriginal artist.

The artist’s bush name, Yondee, means Black Goanna.

Art in Yondee’s Childhood

Yondee was taught about hunting and shown sand drawings by his father. Around the age of ten he would travel and visit his aunties on the Swan River and would collect paper bark to help them in their art work. It was here that he started to learn about art from his older relatives who are known for their painting on paper bark. Yondee remembers from this time – “The bark had been burnt and then soaked. We would float it in the river, then the old people would grab it, put it in hessian bags, take it up the hill and dry it out for a couple of days. They’d use flour and water glue and charcoal for paint.”

Yondee remembers when he began painting. “I started painting with house paints that we found on the rubbish tip. That was at the Reserve at Narrogin. I started drawing with charcoal, drawing on the light grey logs that had no bark. I love the simplicity of black and white, the strength. The black is fire, the white is the tree. From childhood, that’s why I mostly paint black and white paintings.”

“Later on when we moved to the outskirts of Perth, to Swan View, we would walk down to the river and light fires and collect paper bark. Art was all around me – in the paddocks when the flowers came, in the fields and the crops, along the rivers and around the rocks.”

“We moved around, working on the land and hunting. My Grandfather sang Noongar songs. My grandmother spoke full Noongar language, and was influential in our lives. She would make dampers and and a big pot of stew. The old people would eat first and then us kids. When it ran out, that was it. There was no hot water, just the copper which was heated up from the fire. The five kids would line up and jump into the bath early, before it got too hot.”

Current Practice

Talking about his art practice today, Yondee Shane Hansen says – “I make sand paintings, collecting sand from the creeks. You have to wash it to get the salt out, but the sand is different out of the creeks, its smoother. When you have washed it a few times and sieved it, then mixed with paint, it’s good to use. When I make sand paintings using black and white, it’s a simple strong message.”

An experienced and accomplished artist, Yondee Shane Hansen has developed ways of working with sand and ochres to depict the stories and legends of his people. He also paints detailed figurative works based on mission life, hunting and animals. His works are abstract in their presentation but narrative in their content.

As a child, Yondee Shane Hansen learnt his grandfather’s ground paintings and feels the translation of them to sand paintings does them justice and brings them to new audiences.

Yondee Shane Hansen has painted with the Campfire group of Aboriginal artists in Brisbane as well as exhibiting his work in galleries in Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, and overseas in USA and Ireland.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2011     In Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
  • 2019     Landscapes of Colour, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
  • 2019     Japingka Gallery exhibition in collaboration with RAC WA
  • 2022     Derbal Yerrigan, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

Public Artworks

South Perth – Mindeerup: Karl Kep Ngoornd-iny (which means Fire and Water Dreaming)

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