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Yondee Shane Hansen

"Gnamma Holes" by Shane YONDEE Hansen


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  • Size: 200cm by 130cm 

  • Acrylic paint on canvas

About Shane 

Yondee, whose real name is Shane Hansen, is a Noongar man originally from Western Australia but based in Perth. He was born in 1964 in Dumbleyung, which is located about 270 km south of Perth. The name Dumbleyung comes from the Aboriginal term 'Dambeling' which means large lake, referring to the nearby lake which is the largest in southwest WA. As a child, Yondee remembers visiting this lake and being told stories about the Wagal (rainbow snake).

Growing up, he was taught about hunting and shown sand drawings by his father. When he was around 10 years old, he would visit his aunties on the Swan River and collect paper bark to help them with their artwork. It was here that he started to learn about art from his older relatives who are renowned for their painting on paper bark.

Yondee 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 creates detailed figurative works based on mission life, hunting, and animals. Although his works are abstract in their presentation, they are narrative in their content. Yondee wishes to continue the stories of his grandfather, who taught him these stories and images as ground paintings. He feels that the translation of them to sand paintings does them justice and brings them to new audiences.

About the artwork

Yondee Shane Hansen's painting of the traditional Waterhole Dreaming is a powerful reminder of the natural beauty that surrounds us. The Gnamma Holes, which provide life-sustaining water to nearby animals, are a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the natural world. Hansen's use of sand and bold colors in his art reflects his passion for conveying a simple, yet impactful message. His dedication to his craft serves as an inspiration to all who seek to create beauty and meaning in their lives.