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Dale Hunter / My Land, My Tracks

35cm x 45cm Acrylic on Tasmanian Blackwood



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In Dale’s words: I am an identified aborigine who was born in Melbourne Victoria in 1959. My family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW. I would like to acknowledge that my art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land.

Dale Hunter who was born in Victoria in 1959, her family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW and she currently lives in Tasmania. Dale has a Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania, she also has a teaching degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in TESOL. She currently works as a school teacher in St Helens, Tasmania.

Dale says that painting the Aboriginal image on Tasmanian Blackwood creates a cultural connection with our mother the earth. The Blackwood manifests a hologram effect transcending time and place. Representational paintings of the indigenous body is the fundamental theme in her work.

Dale’s husband mills the timber from their 350 acre property near St Helens in Tasmania. He resurrects dead Blackwood trees and turns them into a truly beautiful sculptural piece. After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.

The Blackwood, which has absorbed the passing of time, actively participates in the transmission of myths and symbolism. Dale’s artwork moves away from traditional dot painting.

• Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania. Major Art Theory – Aboriginal Art Practice and Culture
• Bachelor of Teaching, Deakin University
• Graduate Certificate Teaching English Second Other Language (TESOL), University of Wollongong
• Currently employed at St Helens District High School as a teacher

• Solo exhibition University Tasmania Plimsoll Gallery, 2005
• Assistant to Gloria Petyarre and Barbara Weir Art Mob, 2006
• Exhibitor Tasmania Art Fair 2001, 2002, 2003
• Private art teacher 10 years St Helens 2000-2010


Dingoes were an important part of aboriginal culture and Dreaming. They were connected to The Ancestral Beings, in some cases being thought of as a reincarnation of an ancestral elder.

Many rock carvings will show images of a dingo giving it a privileged position in aboriginal Dreaming stories.The dingo was a protector, a hunter and a friend. The howling of a dingo is seen to be interpreted as a connection to the spirit world. An excellent Kangaroo dog, essential in the hunt or a hunter of goannas, they were prixed for their hunting prowess. The dingo also kept children happy, protected the elderly and kept them warm at night and the dingo pup was a good subsitiute for the loss of a child. There are many dog dreaming sites throughout Australia. Each has its own interconnected story of creation and The Dreaming covering thousands of kilometeres and trancesdending many language groups. Dingo pups were traded through different skin groups as a form of law and order and good will. Ceremonies based on the dingo are still practised today because sorcery remains a real threat in contemporary indigienous life.

This aborigines evokes the great hunting power of The Ancestral beings by wearing white markings on his body. He shows his connection to his Mother the earth by the red band in his hair. His love for his dingo is evident by its healthy appearance and close connection to him.

A crucial factor in aboriginal culture is the transmission of myths and symbolism. Painting on Tasmanian Blackwood encourages this transmission because of the beautiful grain which is released when varnished.

After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.

This painting is branded on the back with the number 41 and signed by the artist.

Blackwood in Aboriginal Culture ~ Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon

The fine hard wood of this wattle made strong spear-throwers, boomerangs, clubs and shields in parts of Tasmania and Victoria. Aborigines used to soak the bark in water to bathe painful joints. A powerful analgesic can also be derived from the Blackwood tree. The hard wood was also used to make shields and woomeras, whilst the inner bark was used to make string. The tree’s twigs and its bark were also used to stupefy fish as a way of fishing. Leaves and branches were often placed in fishing areas thus stunning the fish and making then a very easy catch.

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