Category: Art & Design
Peter Garamanak Browne is a Wulna and Larrakia elder. Wulna and Larrakia have been neighbours for millennia. Peter paints on canvas and is also a carver, sculptor and printer. Peter has work purchased and exhibited in the British museum and is the artist of this beautiful Danggalaba lantern.
He has been painting for 17 years and started at Gallyamble Aboriginal Hostel in Melbourne, St Kilda. Since that time Peter has completed a Cultural Instructor course which he has used to teach children about his culture in schools throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory.
In South Australia he created the logo design for the Festival of Noarlunga in 1993 and held a successful solo art exhibition there. Peter’s work is also exhibited in the Tandanya Centre, an indigenous cultural centre in Adelaide.
Peter continued his work with schools when he returned to the Territory and was invited by both the Nungalinya College and Henbury School to engage students in mural designs that are still a part of the school culture today.
Peter has also completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at Charles Darwin University. He is skilled in a variety of media including acrylic on canvas, carving, Lino cut, fabric printing etching, and music. He describes his style as his own translation of a contemporary, urban and traditional style. While identifying as both Wulna and Larrakia, Peter speaks below about continuation of his ancestral bloodline…
“I want to show people that Aboriginal art is beautiful art, and in my work, to show the world that I am a creator and that I paint for my people – the Wulna people – are recognized. Due to the stolen generation, I am one of the last remaining descendants of the Wulna people.”
- Peter Browne 2012
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