An image of Kerbi Arer ra Tobarkarr (The life and Customs of our Ancestors)

Daniel O'Shane

(Australia 1990 – )

Community
Cairns, Rainforest region
Language group
Kala Lagaw Ya, Torres Strait region, Kuku Yalanji, East Cape region, Miriam Mer, Torres Strait region

Kerbi Arer ra Tobarkarr (The life and Customs of our Ancestors)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Daniel O’Shane is one of the younger artists working with printmaking. He studied through Cairns TAFE and currently works through Canopy Arts in Cairns. While he only began studying in 2009 he has already received wide acclaim, recently being awarded the Silk Cut Award Grand Prize for his print "Aib ene zogo ni pat (Aib & the sacred waterhole)". He was also a finalist in the 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, with his work, ‘Meuram and Zogo ni Pat’ 2015. The works themselves become a form of storytelling capturing the main protagonists and the events with which they are connected.
O’Shane is an extremely technical printmaker, his proficient carving and animated illustrations reflecting the grand details of the narratives he is documenting. The dramatic scale of his prints allow this complexity, with shifts in the background patterning creating a sense of movement and dynamism – that the actions being referenced as still in play today.

Place of origin
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Cultural origin
Kuku Yalanji, West Cape region, Miriam Mer/Kulkagai, Torres Strait region
Media
Print
Medium
vinylcut, hand wiped
Dimensions
49.7 x 200.6 cm image; 70.5 x 219.7 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r.corner, pencil "D. O'Shane 2015"

Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Vicki Olsson 2015
Accession number
342.2015
Copyright
© Daniel O'Shane