archibald portrait prize entry 2020
moran portrait prize entry 2021
"Never forget me. While I am here,
I will never forget you.
I will still remember you,
even though I am gone forever,
I will still remember,"
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david gulpilil's family
i only met david once in murray bridge,
to sketch him for this portrait,
considering his health he had done
me such a big favour to let me
intrude....he was actually quite quiet,
though his dialect made it hard for me
to grasp his full meaning.....
cheeky never told me his totem was a kingfisher
though i did ask...i heard of one of his dreatime
stories the hornet and the frog so that
was what i drew, the creatures in the bg
are his painting totems snake,goannas,
bream,turtle,lilies all food i would
think of which he was in reality
an extremely skilled hunter and tracker.
though i also did bg movie mattes in the
in which he appeared as st george....
he appears in the picture
i think he was(RIP DAVID) australias most
powerful shamen, using his hands of power and
understated cheeky talk to weave his
magic on the audience.
he was born in the bush in the centre
of arnhem land, but was one of the
"stolen generation" removed as a
young boy to a white mission it
was there he was given the name david
and saw his rise to fame.
by phil whiteley archibald 2020 entry
david gulpilil by phil whiteley moranprize 2021 entry