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Yondee Shane Hansen, Master of Black and White Aboriginal Artwork

Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery is delighted to announce to the Australian indigenous art community that we have acquired some brilliant new aboriginal artworks directly from artist Yondee Shane Hansen which will be displayed in our aboriginal art gallery in Melbourne. We are excited to share this platform with Yondee, with his series of aboriginal art Fire and Rain dreamings. Having spent much time on the phone with him, it is clear he is a proud indigenous man whose connection to his land, his people and his dreamtime stories will resonate strongly with those who are taken aback by his works. We believe Yondee will certainly capture the attention of art collectors and those looking to incorporate indigenous art into their home or business.

Yondee is a Noongar man and an indigenous artist born in 1964 in the south-west of Western Australia at Dumbleyung located 270km south of Perth.

As a highly skilled and talented aboriginal artist, Yondee has developed an individual style of working with sand and ochres to illustrate the aboriginal sand art stories and legends of his people.

Yondee Shane Hansen Fire and Rain Dreaming


Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery, Australian indigenous art, aboriginal arts, Fire and Rain dreamings, Yondee Shane Hansen
Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery, Australian indigenous art, aboriginal arts, Fire and Rain dreamings, Yondee Shane Hansen


Yondee uses sand and ochres to illustrate the stories and legends of his people which generally refer to the country and the effects of the elements on the land. “I make sand paintings, collecting sand from the creeks. You have to wash it to get the salt out, but the sand is different out of the creeks, its smoother. When you have washed it a few times and sieved it, then mixed with paint, it’s good to use. When I make sand paintings using black and white, it’s that simple strong message.”

His early years were spent around the Narrogin with his father and later moved to the Swan River close to Guildford located on the outskirts of Perth. His initial upbringing and how his attraction to paintings exposes how his own life testimony reinforces his role as an Aboriginal artist.

Yondee learnt to paint from several mediums – His own father first taught him to hunt and also introduced him to sand drawings. Secondly, as a ten year old he would often visit his aunties whom lived on the Swan River and assist them in collecting paper bark and help them with their art work. The knowledge that Yondee gained from both his father and later his aunties who are renowned for their paintings on paper bark has been invaluable in shaping his career.


His works can be interpreted as abstract in their presentation however his vision of his dreaming is powerful enough to see. As a young boy, Yondee learnt his grandfather’s ground paintings and wishes to continue these and feels the translation of them to sand paintings does them justice and brings them to new audiences.


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History of Australian Indigenous Art

History of Australian Indigenous Art by Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery

Australian indigenous art from an artistic point of view is regarded as the longest established semblance of art in the world. Some of the earliest format of Aboriginal art recognized were ground designs, rock carvings and body paintings. Some of these engravings are known to date back in excess of 60,000 years which were originally found on some of the cave walls in Arnhem Land.

This ancient form of art illustrates the motifs of the indigenous people of this period such as birds, animals, mythological creatures and other designs closely associated with their daily lives.

Historically, Indigenous Australians have been subject to constant changes and adaptability and this momentum can also be applied to Aboriginal art and culture. In the present aboriginal art spans across a vast array of avenues and displays the richness and contrast of the Indigenous heritage also highlighting the differences between language groups and territorial landscapes.

There are different channels that indigenous artists gain their creativity in the production of their works ranging from what we term as “traditional” origins –such as and body painting (Body painting is still in use today especially for ceremonies) and from many current fields of modern society.

Amongst these differences, various styles have emerged which depict the artists dreaming stories and others which interpret more current accounts ranging from “first contact”, the effect of colonization and subjects that have and are impacting currently on their daily lives.

In summary, Aboriginal art is extremely fascinating, revealing and much more than just dots.

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