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"Lizard Dreaming" by Shane Hansen
"Lizard Dreaming" by Shane Hansen
"Lizard Dreaming" by Shane Hansen
"Lizard Dreaming" by Shane Hansen

Shane Henson

"Lizard Dreaming" by Shane Hansen

$795.00 $995.00

  • 91 x 61 cm in size
  • Painted with acrylic paints on canvas

About Shane

Yondee (Shane Hansen) is a Noongar man from Western Australia, based in Perth. He was born in 1964 in Dumbleyung, 270 km south of Perth. The name Dumbleyung is derived from the Aboriginal word 'Dambeling' meaning large lake and refers to the lake nearby which is the largest in south west WA. Yondee remembers this lake as a child and being told stories of the Wagal (rainbow snake).

He was told 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.

He is an experienced and accomplished artist who is developing a way 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. He wishes to continue the stories of his grandfather. He learnt these stories and images as ground paintings, so he feels the translation of them to sand paintings does them justice and brings them to new audiences.

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, it’s good to use. When I make sand paintings using black and white, it’s gives a simple strong message and feeling.”

About the artwork 

In this painting, Shane paints the Karrdarra (Goanna) Dreaming. This Goanna is seen eating flowers during a sunny Spring Day, leaving his tracks on the ground as he goes. The Goanna is also considered a protected animal by the Indigenous, and so therefore symbolises protection.

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