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Gwion Gwions

Regina Karadada

Gwion Gwions


Artist Regina Karadada
Title Gwion Gwions
Language Group Wunumbal
Area Kalumburu, WA
Catalogue CP03244
Date 2015
Medium Acrylic on Canvas
Size (W x H) 110cm x 73cm

The Gwion Gwion paintings or The Bradshaws refer to regional traditions of rock art found in the north-west Kimberley region of Western Australia. The identity of who painted these figures and the age of the art are contended within archaeology and amongst Australian rock art researchers. These aspects have been debated since the works were first discovered and recorded by pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, after whom they were named. As the Kimberley is home to various Aboriginal language groups, the rock art is referred to and known by many different Aboriginal names, the most common of which are Gwion Gwion or Giro Giro. The art consists primarily of human figures ornamented with accessories such as bags, tassels and headdresses.

Regina Karadada, who lives in the small, remote community of Kalumburu, located in the north-western Kimberley Ranges in Western Australia, is renowned for her depiction of these figures, using both canvas and bark.