|Title||Long Neck Turtle|
|Dance||Karrparrda Djang (Long Yam)|
Long Neck Turtle
Austin Djorlom Biography
Austin is the son of Leonie and Eric Djorlom and he has a wife and a child. They have come from the outstation into Darwin and brought in his latest collection of small paintings.
Kunwinjku art is part of the oldest continuous art tradition in the world. Ancestors of today’s artists have been painting the rock walls of West Arnhem Land for tens of thousands of years. The traditional palette of white, red, yellow and black comes from the ochre that naturally occurs in the region, although contemporary artists sometimes choose to paint in acrylics as well. Kunwinjku artists famously paint using either the traditional rarrk hatching technique, or the more contemporary and complex cross hatching technique which has been adapted from ceremonial painting. These lines are carefully painted using a manyilk, which is a piece of sedge grass shaved down until only a few fibres remain.