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Dale Hunter / Spirit Man

30cm x 27cm Acrylic on Tasmanian Blackwood

SKU: DH45

$1,450.00

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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.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
• 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

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS
• 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

 

My art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land. Traditional aboriginal culture uses the body as a transmitter of symbolism and mythology.

Tasmanian Blackwood often portrays mythical beings within its grain, a natural phenomenon of the wood. Therefore, painting on Tasmanian Blackwood encourages this transmission because of the beautiful grain which is released when varnished

The Spirit Man is a healer. The power he has comes from his country; he has been indoctrinated by traditional law, taught bush medicine and given the power of The Ancestral beings. Aborigines have always been known to be great healers and can evoke the spirits of The Ancestral Beings for either good or bad outcomes. The pointing of a bone at another person can quickly bring death because of the teachings of The Dreaming. However, he also has healing powers to restore the sick back to health.

The Spirit Man is a great being within his skin group or mob. He has been through a sacred rite where his nasal septum has been pierced, this would have occurred when a young boy. He wears a bone through his nose. Because he is the Spirit Man, the bone is most probably from a deceased elder, the previous Spirit Man. Aborigines have been known to carry the bones of their loved ones for many years after they have died. The strong connection to our mother the earth is evident by the red headband symbolising the red dirt and earth colour.

The Tasmanian Blackwood causes a hologram effect pushing the image forward yet drawing the viewer into the depth of the Australian outback. 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 with the number 45 on the back 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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