31 July - 19 September 2021


In 2020 Katherine Littlewood generously donated a selection of prints by Paddy Fordham Wainburranga to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection through the Cultural Gifts Program. 

Paddy Fordham Wainburranga (1932 - 2006) was a dancer, painter, printmaker, sculptor of the Dhuwa moiety and Rembarrnga mythologies dreaming, born at Bandibu (or Bamdibu/ Bumdubu) (in Arnhem Land, the Northern Territory, Australia).

Wainburranga’s painted and printed subject matter includes ancestral stories as well as political and social changes experienced, and incorporates iconography from both Aboriginal and European cultures. He painted, printed and sculpted spirit figures such as the Balangjangalan Spirit, an ancestral spirit, and Mimi Spirits.

He began printmaking in the early 1990s. His planographic prints include lithographs and screen prints. Wainburranga’s prints were included in ground-breaking national and international exhibitions of the 1990s such as Tyerabarrbowaryaou: I Shall Never Become a White Man (Museum of Contemporary Art, 1992) and New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia (Aboriginal Arts Management Association, Sydney and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 1992).


A BRAG exhibition





Images: Paddy Wainburranga Fordham, Mun Gruk Gruk Man 2003, Lightning Man 2003, Mun Gruk Gruk Woman 2003, sugar lift aquatint on paper, printed in sepia ink, Gift of Katherine Littlewood 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program.