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Colin Wightman (Dinywhan) is of the Goomeroi Tribe and comes from Toomelah Mission, a small Aboriginal community on the dry plains near the north western border of NSW. Toomelah is the aboriginal word for people who move from place to place and it reflects very much the lifestyle Colin has chosen.
Colin has been painting for over 20 years. He has been a finalist in the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize and has won The Tony Donovan Reconcilliation Award. [Taken from material Colin's sales website, 3.9.2015]
A painting on canvas featuring a grey emu and an orange snake with a yellow sun behind them. Surrounding them are the outlines of other animal such as platypus, kangaroo, turtles and fish as well as line design. The border is painted black and the sun has wavy lines radiating to the edges in black and purple. On the reverse is a white sticker with hand written text that reads "Room No 5 / CHAIRPERSON / COLIN WIGHTMAN". The canvas is stretched to a wooden stretcher and stapled to the back.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
W 761mm x H 1068mm x D 22mm
ATSIC branch office