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Bruce Nabegeyo

Bruce Nabegeyo

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Also known as Bakawinga, Bruce was born in the bush at Makanarlarl - Mungung, near Mount Borradaile, north of Oenpelli, NT circa 1949. Bruce went to school in Oenpelli and has lived there for most of his life. He was taught to paint by his father Bilinyara Nabegeyo, a renowned artist, when he was about twelve. Bruce learnt to grind ochre and paint on bark. The Nabegeyo family is artistic, with Bruce's brother Mukguddu and son Elijah both accomplished artists. His father's country is Mandilbaneng. His mother's country is Mumeka. Bruce is a great narrative painter.

He paints great evil faces on Namorrodoh, the spirit devil. He tends to work alone on his paintings. Bruce has travelled to Darwin on numerous occasions for the openings of exhibitions. Bruce is married with 2 children. He is a ceremony man and has the great responsibilities that go with it. He also sings many of the ceremonial songs and has recently recorded some of his songs on CD. His subjects or themes include barramundi, manjabu country, brolga, rock gecko, saratoga & file snake, mimi figures, goanna, Yawk Yawk, Kudjardordo (mothers country).

Collections
· National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
· National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
· South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
· The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
· Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin.

Selected Group Exhibitions
· 1987, The Fourth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
· 1990, Tagari Lia: My Family, Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990 -from Australia, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, UK
· 1993, The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
· 1994, The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
· 1995, The Twelfth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
· 1996, The Thirteenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
· 2000, Australian Heritage Commission's 5th National Indigenous Art Award.
· 2002, Eighteenth Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin.

Selected Biography
· Aboriginal Arts Management Association, 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990 - from Australia (presented by the Aboriginal Arts Committee, Australia Council and Third Eye Centre, Glasgow), exhib. cat., Redfern, New South Wales. (C)
· Caruana, W., 1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London. (C).
· South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
· Isaacs, J., 1989, Australian Aboriginal Paintings, Weldon Publishing, New South Wales.
· 1994, Kunwinjku Art from Injalak 1991-1992, The John W. Kluge Commission, Museum Arts International Pty. Ltd., North Adelaide.
· 1999, Contemporary paintings from Western Arnhem Land, Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide.



Dernière mise à jour - 9 juin 2017