Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Contemporary art

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art

View More:


Title

Ii ra mer ene Gawei (the sounds of tears and Gawei)

2016


Artist

About

Daniel O’Shane is one of the younger artists from the Torres Strait Islands working with printmaking. While he only began studying through Cairns TAFE in 2009 he has already received wide acclaim, recently being awarded both the Silk Cut Award Grand Prize and the National Works on Paper Prize for his print ‘Aib ene zogo ni pat (Aib and 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. His major works are informed by complex narratives of Torres Strait Islander culture. 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. ‘Ii ra mer ene Gawei (the sound of tears and Gawei)’ 2016 details how the pelican mouth shape drum design came to be in the Torres Strait.


Details


Place where the work was made

Cairns Queensland Australia


Date

2016


Media category

Print


Materials used

vinylcut


Edition

2/20


Dimensions

200.5 x 99.3 cm image: 215.5 x 115.3 sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pencil "D.O'Shane". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with fund provided by Vicki Olsson 2016


Accession number

372.2016


Artist information

Daniel O'Shane

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Cairns

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history