Yondee Shane Hansen is a Noongar man from Western Australia, born is Dumbleyung, 270km 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 southwest WA. Yondee remembers this lake as a child and being told stories of the wagal (rainbow snake).
Shane was told about hunting and shown sand drawings by his father. Around the age of ten, he would travel and visit his aunties on Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River) and would collect paperbark to help them in their artwork. It was there that he started to learn about art from his older relatives who are known for their painting on paperbark.
He is an experienced and accomplished artist who is developing a way of working with sand and ochres to depict 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 the content. He wishes to continue the stories of his grandfather. He learned 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.
About the artwork
In this painting, Yondee paints the eyes of several kangaroos. These kangaroos are seen at sunset searching for food. The sun is reflecting on their eyes, making them shine brightly in the growing dark.