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Winner of Newcastle Show Art Prize 2018
This strong and boldly coloured artworks pays tribute to Biraban through colour and design. A strong and bold Aboriginal leader and a member of the Awabakal tribe, Biraban or 'Eagle Hawk' was a leader amongst his people and lived up to this responsibilities by maintaining good relations between Aboriginal people and settlers. His story is depicted within this work through a backdrop of separated structured square spaces in red, black and white (representing the very different and divided cultures of the settlers and Aboriginal people). We then see a black interwoven pathways that move smoothly across the canvas, reflecting Biraban’s ability to move easily between these two diverse cultures. Biraban was a man who greatly assisted in the building of respectful relationships between his community and settlers. He is well known and regarded for his wonderful assistance to Reverend Thelkeld in recording the Awabakal language and local stories which is available to us today.
Size: 1020 x 1020 mm
Medium: Mixed medium on premium stretched canvas with hanging hooks and wire.
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