Cairns Didgeridoos
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Aboriginal Artists


Yada
Mary Ann Broome
Judy Ross-Kelly
Virginia Grogan
Dennis Udinji
Tilly Coolum
Brian Fisher
Keisha Ross-Kelly

Yada

Yada has learned his style from his father and continues today to bring the stories of early day hunting and gathering into his work. His paintings have been sold world wide and are on the walls of the average traveller to the most prominent of famous people. The style of art is typical of the local area north of cairns were a series of line and dot work is combined to create the dreaming of his for fathers who once enjoyed the freedom of this land.

He comes from kuku yalanji area. They are the indigenous inhabitants of the land which stretches from around Cooktown in the north to near Chillagoe in the west and Port Douglas in the south. Purchasing one of Yada's art pieces is an investment in the ancient culture that has been here for 40 000 years. And is also an insurance that the art of the Australian aboriginal will continue.

Mary Ann Broome

Mary Ann Broome (Tribal Name: Guvullah, meaning Black Possum) loves to paint the stories of the dreamtime.

The people who most influence Mary and the way she paints her dreamtime stories on canvas were her mother, who is from the butcher tribe on Fraser Island, and her grandfather, James Possum of Cashomeare Station North Queensland, who is from the Judgbul Tribe.

Fellow artist, brother Raymond and his wife Mona. Have also been a major influence and great source of encouragement to Mary and the what she paints.

Born in Bundaberg, Mary left school at 13 years old and went to work on a dairy farm on the Atherton Tablelands.

Mary has 7 children, 5 boys and two girls and her hobbies are fishing and camping.

Mary's ambition is to continue painting the stories of the dreamtime.

Paint until there is no more pain.

Judy Ross-Kelly

Judy Ross Kelly (Tribal Name Ku Ku Yalangi) is a traditional Aboriginal artist.

The medium by which she expresses her art is through burning. She burns into wood intricate designs of the animals which her people have celebrated and hunted for thousands of years.

Using the eucalyptus timber of the Didgeridoo as her canvas, she creates beautiful and original decoration to the sacred Aboriginal musical instrument.

Judy lives in the local rainforest environs with her 2 children and her husband - who gathers the Didgeridoo's that she decorates.

The animals which she depicts in her artworks are ever present as inspiration in this tropical wet lands landscape.

Virginia Grogan

Virginia Grogan was born in Mareeba in North Queensland and is from the Djungan Tribe. Her Aboriginal name is "Kaladoo", which means " A Dove". She comes from a very large family "The Grogan Family" that are well respected in Far North Queensland. Many of her family members are artists and also Didgeridoo makers. They have always been proud of their heritage and have passed down their tribal stories and information to their children and their children's children.

Virginia always paints the Dove Leaf motive on her artwork as a signature. Whether you are buying a painting or a didgeridoo, the Dove Leaf motive will always appear somewhere in that artwork.

Virginia's art work is unique and beautiful.

Dennis Udinji

Dennis has been painting and making Aboriginal artifacts for most of his life. He makes quality Didgeridoos and all of his Boomerangs and artifacts are hand made and hand painted. He is from the Tribe near Herberton on the Tablelands in Far North Queensland. The "Udinji Tribe". There is only a few elders left from this area and only a few Uninji artists.

Dennis was taught to paint by his mother and has enjoys the relaxing qualities that comes with his talent. When you buy a piece of Dennis Udinji's art you are buying quality and authentic Aboriginal Art.

It is important to check the Authenticity of the art you purchase. Make sure you are buying Australian Made Aboriginal art.

Tilly Coolum

Tlly Coolum was born in 1956, and lived most of here childhood in Sydney NSW.
She moved to Cairns in 1976. Tully remembers visiting her grandmother in Woodgate, Queensland, every holidays. Her grandmother would tell her traditional Dreamtime stories of the Kabi Tribe and her grandmother was a traditional elder of the Kabi Tribe.

It is located on the Burrum Coast in Woodgate. She enjoyed passing on her culture to her 3 children and now enjoys sharing it with her grandchildren. She enjoys her art and loves sharing her traditions with the rest of the world. They are a celebration of her Aboriginal

Heritage. I hope you enjoy my art work as much as I have loved painting it.
Tilly

Brian Fisher

Brian Fisher (Tribal Name: "Winjella Dada" which means "Roaming Story".

I was born on the Aboriginal Settlement of Cherbourg in Queensland and lived with the Wakka Wakka Tribe, but I belong through my ancestry to the Kullalie tribe.

Painting has always been my life. I was taught at a very young age by my tribal elders - my Uncles - who also were taught at a very young age.

I received an Art Grant from the Australian Art Bond at age 17. At that time I had a number of exhibitions by my self and with my father, Jim Edwards.

I received a Queensland Artist of the year 1988 NIDOC Award, working as a Cultural Officer at that time Opal.

Painting the Dreamtime stories is my passion!


Keisha Ross-Kelly

Keisha is the daughter of Judy Ross-Kelly, Judy is named by her grandmother. Ngamu-Kari (which means No Mother) and she supplies a signed Authenticity label with all of her artwork.

Keisha comes from the "Kuku Yalanji" Aboriginal tribe north of Cairns. The art that Keisha burns on her Didgeridoos is of her own unique style stemming from her Aboriginal heritage.

Most of Keisha's Didgeridoos are made from the "Stringy Bark", "Eucalyptus Nigra", Ironbark and "Stumpy Box" trees.

The tree is naturally hollowed out by white ants or termites. And when it is decided it is hollow enough it is cut. The bark removed and then smoothed for burning.

Finally it is given protective coats of sealer and a mouthpiece is formed out of pure beeswax.

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