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"Swan River In Springtime" by Shane Hansen (Yondee)
"Swan River In Springtime" by Shane Hansen (Yondee)
"Swan River In Springtime" by Shane Hansen (Yondee)
"Swan River In Springtime" by Shane Hansen (Yondee)
"Swan River In Springtime" by Shane Hansen (Yondee)
"Swan River In Springtime" by Shane Hansen (Yondee)

Shane Hansen

"Swan River In Springtime" by Shane Hansen (Yondee)

$5,995.00

  • 100cm by 150cm 
  • Acrylic paint 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.

About the artwork

 In this painting the artist shows us the various wetlands, swamps and lakes. These are all connected through underground water systems, which is how the coastal lake system works. The background is multicoloured, but the artist says that he uses the colours of the six Noongar seasons, which he embeds in the background structures. He is representing the country using the six seasonal colour representations that make up the calendar year for Noongar people. This is an example of how the artist uses those same images but moves from a two-colour representation of the wetlands to a multicoloured representation, while still using colours that are symbolic to him of the seasons of the year.

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