Arthur Koo'ekka PAMBEGAN JNR, Face Painting Enlarge 1 /1

Arthur Koo'ekka PAMBEGAN JNR

Wik-Mungkan people

Australia 1936 – 2010

Face Painting 2006 Place made: Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, natural earth pigments and hibiscus charcoal with synthetic polymer binder on canvas

Dimensions: overall 56.0 h x 168.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2007
Accession No: NGA 2007.175.A-B
Image rights: © Arthur Pambegan Jnr, courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.

I’d just say…I won’t stop doing it. This belong to all of us. We share it together…we share our culture and you sharing your culture. The culture, what you see in the carvings, in the body painting, what you see in the canvas, they more important, because this is the way we are – not going to lose it. If we don’t keep our laws…our culture…then we fade away. We lose our culture…we lose our language. Then we be talking something else, maybe in English. So we have to take care. This is our background. From the beginning to the end. From generation to generation. Just passing it on.
Arthur Pambegan Jr


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