TRIBE: Kunwinjku
CLAN:
Yulkman
COUNTRY:...........................
Upper, Mann River near Malgawa
AGE:
Born 1935 – Deceased

Djwaida NADJONGORLE was born in the bush of Arnhemland. As a young man he moved to Oenpelli where he attended the Mission School of the day. Schooling was minimal.

On Leaving school Djwaida worked on the Oenpelli cattle station as a stockman for some years.

Upon finishing work as a stockman he moved to an outstation on the Gumadeer River where he was taught to paint by his father.

Djwaida was married but had no children.

The artwork of Djwaida is unusual in that his images are usually very fluent in their movement, with mimi spirits and Aboriginal images painted with long arms and legs. On many occasions he used four colours for his cross hatching, rather than three which is the more common.

Djwaida had travelled extensively throughout Australia in relation to his art features prominently in most major collections throughout Australia and many overseas.

Djwaida Nadjongorle is a past winner of the National Aboriginal Art Awards

COLLECTIONS HELD

Art Bank,Sydney

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Parliament House Art Collections, Canberra

The Homes aCourt Collection, Perth

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

SUBJECTS AND THEMES

Namarrkon, the Lightning Man, King fish

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1984 The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra.

1988 The second National Aboriginal Art Awards Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

1986 The Art of the First Australians, Kobe City Museum, Japan

1986 The Third National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darn

1986 Paintings by Twelve Arnhem Land Artists, National Gallery of Australia exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

1987 Art and Aboriginality, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

1988 Dreamings, the Art of the Aboriginal Australia, The Society Galleries, New York

1988 The Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and touring internationally.

1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)

1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1990 Balance 1990: views, visions, influences, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

1990 I'ete Australian a'Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France

1990 Spirit in Land. Bark paintings from Arnhem Land, National Gallery of Victoria

1990 Keepers of the Secrets, Aboriginal Art from Arnhemland, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Centre for the Arts, United States of America

1991 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australian

1993 Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra

Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

AWARDS/GRANTS/COMMISSIONS

1985 First Prize, National Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin