Expressing His Memories and Experiences Through Art
Gavin Wanganeen, descendent of the Kokatha people of the Western Desert in South Australia is a contemporary Indigenous artist. He is also known for being an AFL legend & Brownlow Medalist whose glittering career has spanned some 300 senior games at Essendon & Port Adelaide, countless awards and a reputation as one of the best to ever play the game.
Kokatha people have a strong connection to country, culture and hold the Tjukupa (Lore) and caring for country. The Kokatha lands are in the Central/South Western desert in South Australia.
Gavin was born at Mt. Gambier in South Australia's South East in 1973.
Growing up, Gavin spent time on the State's West Coast, where his maternal great grandfather, Dick Davey was a well respected leader of both the people of Kooniba Mission, and the general community.
While his precocious sporting ability emerged early, Gavin also shared a love of colour and storytelling through art.
Yet it wasn't until his twenties, when a discussion with his Aboriginal teammates sparked a competition to produce the best piece of art from their respective regions, that Gavin made what would be a life changing decision to start painting.
Gavin Wanganeen is an important and inspiring role model within the Indigenous community due to his successful sporting career and transition to working artist.
Gavin has begun exploring and explaining his ancestral links with acrylic and canvas, recreating memories and capturing the beauty of our immense outback.
Under the careful tutelage and mentoring of Aboriginal relatives and friends, Gavin’s astonishing talent has blossomed and now, his growing body of work is attracting national attention and acclaim.
He is looking forward to further expressing his story, through art.