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Edna Dale / Arawadi (ED81)

41cm x 87cm (plus 4cm border) Ochres and Acrylic on Linen



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Edna Dale is a Ngarinyin woman and chairperson of Imintji Community, a small community located 220km from Derby, WA on the Gibb River Road. She lives here with her husband Lance Bedford (son of acclaimed East Kimberley artist Paddy Bedford) and their seven daughters and baby son.

Edna is the daughter of famous Kimberley artist Jack Dale Mengenen (1920-2013). Growing up she spent much of her time by her father’s side travelling through their country, watching him paint and tell stories. Edna’s father taught her the Law, painting and showed her the many cave sites that are sacred to Ngarinyin people.

Edna has her own distinct style, her elongated Wandjina figures and minimalist aesthetic are a clear departure from the imagery of her father.
A lovely quietly spoken lady, Edna still lives on her traditional land and is the driving force behind encouraging other Ngarinyin people to use art to tell their stories and keep their culture strong. Her eldest daughter Petrina, also an artist, is carrying on this important tradition to a third generation.

Selected Exhibitions
2015 – September Shinju Art Prize
2015 – July Kimberly Art Prize
2014 – May Feature artist, Ashurst Legal Reconciliation Policy, Ashurst Legal
2013 – March Revealed, emerging Western Australian Aboriginal Artists, Gallery Central, Central Institute, Perth


These figures are Arawadi. They are warriors and they are painted into the caves at Bell Gorge. They came from the East Kimberley to Ngarinyin. They were greedy for country, they wanted to take Ngarinyin country for themselves. The Ngarinyin Wandjina Amalarr said ‘no.’ Then he called all the other Wandjinas to come and help fight the Arawadi. The Wandjinas won the fight.

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