He was invited to Oprah Winfrey's private party, welcomed her to Australia with a smoke ceremony, painting, dance and digeridoo music; he has danced for Bill Clinton's daughter, received a standing ovation from the Saudi Arabian National Guard and performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games!
Kurun Warun was born in 1966. He is a member of the Indigenous Guntijamara tribe in Victoria and is a descendant from Truganini, of the Tasmanian Nuenonne people. Kurun Warun whose name means ‘Hissing Swan’ lives in the Noosa hinterland in South East Queensland.
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.
He is best known for his exceptional paintings and talent as a didgeridoo musician. He expresses his culture through art and music, and has won international recognition in these fields. Starting at just eight years of age, he has become a sought-after artist; his works are now valuable pieces of collectible Aboriginal art. His paintings have a traditional meaning which is not always immediately discernible, but within the colors, lines and space we are led through an underlying story. Kurun Warun also finds expression through traditional dance and music.
In this painting Kurun’s works represent the development of contemporary Aboriginal abstract art. While his paintings are often not clear at first glance, the stories they portray being to reveal themselves through color, line and space. This piece shows the dry riverbeds, all the water is underground and there is no life left. However the earth will replenish with the first rains and the rivers will run.