Authors » Donny Woolagoodja
Donny Woolagoodja was born in 1947 at Kunmuya Mission in the far north-west of the Kimberley. While he was still a child, the community relocated to Mowanjum, just out of Derby, and well south of Worrorra homelands. As a teenager he watched the older generation carving boab nuts and painting on bark and boards and in this way he learned the ‘stories’ of the Wanjina and Lalai. After his father Sam passed away in 1979, Donny took on his responsibilities for the land and for passing on traditions of his culture. When Donny began painting the Wanjinas on paper he quickly became one of the Mowanjum’s most successful contemporary artists. People worldwide saw the giant Wanjina he designed for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Winner, Western Australia State Images Art Award, 2000
Winner, Kimberley Art Award, 2004
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Light Horse Boy at Bologna
Fremantle Press illustrators are again set to shine at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March 2014. Drawings from Light Horse Boy will feature in the Australian Publishers Association exhibition Hello! from Australia while The Last Viking and Dreamers will feature in the exhibition’s book showcase.