Daniel Walbidi | Artist Profile

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Daniel Walbidi comes from a small coastal community 250km south of Broome called Bidyadanga which is the traditional homeland of the Karrajarri people. Formerly La Grange Mission, it is where people were brought into from the desert to help build the cattle stations there. This is how Daniel's desert parents came to live at the coast. Bidyadanga has five tribes living within the community. Daniel says "We all speak and understand each other's languages and live together as one big family." At the age of 16 Daniel actively sought to exhibit his work. He was painting on wood board, old doors, off cuts and anything he could find to express himself. He urged the elderly people in the community to start painting so that he could learn about his people's history and cultural background. He has since become initiated and continues to paint and exhibit his work around Australia. He has been collected by some important institutions and is driven to keep painting. A documentary has been made about his work and the story of his people called Desert Heart which screened on the ABC in March 2008. He continues to display a complex understanding of his traditional country in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia.
Daniel Walbidi was awarded the painting prize at the National Indigenous Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory in 2014. He was named among the Top 50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists in Australian Art Collector for 2011. His work has been exhibited around the world including the Metropolitan Museum in New York.


La Grange School, Bidyadanga, WA University of Notre Dame, Broome, WA


2014 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (General Painting)


2017 Daniel Walbidi, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2015 Wirnpa, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2009 Daniel Walbidi 10 years of Painting, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2007 Winpa, Short St Gallery @ Mary Place, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
2006 Daniel Walbidi, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC


2019 Desert River Sea, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perthm, WA
2018 Conversations in conjunction with Matthew Johnsopn, Short St Gallery, Broome, Wa
2018 Masterpiece 2018 at Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Gallery, Brussels, September 2018.
2018 Le Pley & Hassall Collections, Government House, Perth, WA
2018 Hedland Art Award, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2018 Wonga ( Conversation ), Short St. Gallery, Broome WA
2018 Antheaum Club Award, Melbourne, VIC
2018 Sydney Contemporay Art Fair, Sydney, NSW
2017 Spiritual Essence of the Earth, Aboriginal Signature Gallery, Brussels
2017 Annual Catalogue of Important Aboriginal Art, William Mora Galleries/ D'Lan International Art, Melbourne, VIC
2017 Retrospective Mode Muntu, LA CITE MIROIR, Liege, Estrangin, Fine Art, Belgium
2016 Yulparija Calling - Featuring Daniel Walbidi, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2016 Parcours des Mondes, Estrangin Fine Art, Paris, France
2015 New Frontiers, Linden Gallery, Melbourne WA
2014 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Darwin, NT
2014 Saltwater Soul Desert Heart, Short St Gallery Broome, WA
2014 Country to Coast; Colours of the Kimberley, Aboriginal Art Museum-Utrecht. Curated by Georges Petitjean
2014 Dreamings L'Arte Aborigena Australiana incontra De Chirico, Opera dalla collezione Sordello Missana, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Rome
2013 Wynne Award Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2013 Spring in the Desert, Short St Gallery Broome WA
2012 unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2012 Round and Round that Rockhole, Short St Gallery, Broome
2012 Heart and Soul, The Laverty Collection, AAMU, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2011 Northern Impressions- A Celebration of Contemporary Painting, Nyinkka Nyunyu Cultural Centre, NT, and touring
2011 Shalom Gamarada Ngiyani Yana Art Fair 2011, Sydney, NSW
2011 Pearls, Paint & Ilma, Aratong Galleries, Australian High Commission, Singapore
2011 Kirriwirri, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 Bidyadanga Recent Paintings, Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2010 Bidyadanga Artists Harvey Arts Projects, SunValley, Idaho, USA
2010 GRAND NORD GRAND SUD - Artistes inuit et aborigines Daolas Museum, Britany, France
2010 Contemporary Aboriginal Painting from Australia, The Metropolitan Museum of New York, USA
2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building. - Short St Gallery & William Mora Galleries present the Yulparija artists
2009 WA Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
2009 Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibtion, University of NSW, Sydney
2009 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin
2009 From Desert to Saltwater Country, Redot Gallery, Singapore
2008 25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin
2008 Xstrata Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Modern Museum of Art, Brisbane, QLD
2008 Desert to Saltwater, Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
2008 From Desert to Saltwater, Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston Texas, USA
2008 Bidyadanga Artists 2008, AP Bond Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
2007 Yulparija Artists, New Works on Board, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2007 Yulparija Artists New Works on Board, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2007 Winpa, Raft Art Space, Darwin, NT 2007 Desert Heart, Nevill Keating Gallery, London, England
2007 From the Bungalow I: Yulparija Artists, Johnston Gallery, Perth, WA
2006 Bidyadanga Men, Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW
2005 Return of our land, Gallery Gondwana, Alce Springs, NT
2005 Recent works from Kirriwirri, Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 22nd Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards, MAGNT, Darwin
2005 Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2004 Desert Ocean, Short st. Gallery @ Kidogo Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2004 Bidyadanga Artists, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2004 Bidyadanga Artists Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004 New Works by Bidyadanga Artists, Raft Art Space, Darwin, NT
2004 Desert to Saltwater, Short st. Gallery @ Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 Manjyiljara, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2001 Salon Show, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, NSW
2001 From here to there, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2000 Remote Schools exhibitions, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2000 NAIDOC Week exhibition, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2000 Stompen Ground exhibition, Goolari Media, Broome, WA
1999 Remote Schools exhibition, Matsos, Broome, WA

National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Parliament House, Canberra
Newscastle Regional Gallery
Wesfarmers Collection
Laverty Collection
Felton Collection
Baillieu-Myer Collection
The Kingston Collection, UK
Brocard - Estrangin Collection, Belgium
Sam Barry Collection
Lepley Collection, Perth
Corrigan Collection
McKay Superannuation Fund
University of Newcastle
2005 Winnebago Industries, Walbidi Adventurers
2014 Painting Prize, National Indigenous Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, 2014
2019 https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/beyond-imagination-artists-of-the-kimberley-share-stories-of-their-country-20190131-p50uvk.html
2019 Desertriver Sea, AGWA
2014 Nicolas Rothwell, 'NATSIAA shows how urban trends eclipse Aboriginal art traditions', The Australian, August 14th,
2014 Ruby Jones, "Tony Albert's We Can Be Heroes wins top prize at National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award" ABC News August 9th 2014
2014 Monica Tan, Sydney artist wins Aboriginal art award for work inspired by police shooting, The Guadian, August 8th 2014
2014 Mark Naglazas, 'Tony Albert hits Telstra prize target', The West Australian, August 8th,2014
2014 Andrew Taylor, 'Tony Albert's Heroes hit target at indigenous art', Sydney Morning Herald, August 8th,2014
2014 James Cockington, 'Recovery for Indigenous Art', Sydney Morning Herald, August 5th,2014
2012 Jane Raffan, Power and Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st-Century Aboriginal Art, pp 14, 360; Macmillan, Melbourne
2012 Expressieve Kracht, Kunst and Cultuur Magazine, number 1, March 2012 p.22
2011 Geissler, Marie;Daniel Walbidi, Impressions from a Desert Culture, Craft Arts International, No. 82. 2011 p. 42 - 50
Nicolas Rothwell ;Journeys to the Interior;, Black Inc, Australia, 2010
Adrian Newstead, Aboriginal Art, Bran Nu Dae; Art Market Report, Issue 25, First Quarter 2010, p. 25.
2008 ABC artpost website,http://artpost.abc.net.au/kickapps/_My-Work/BLOG/111758/50484.html
2008 ;Xstrata Award 2008 print catalogue, Modern Museum of Art, QLD,
2008 Desert Heart, documentary by Rebel Films, now a selling DVD, also shown on ABC March
2008 Beyond Sacred: Recent Paintings from Australia, Remote Aboriginal Communities - The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Hardie Grant Books Australia,
2008 Heart of our country Bridget McManus, The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, The Guide section March 17-23
2008 Desert blooms again by Stephen Bevis, The West Australian Newspaper, Friday March 14
2008 Our Old People Need to Paint, Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian Newspaper, 29th January,
2008 Tribal Landscapes, Clive Aslet, The Financial Times, London, July 7/8
2007 Contemporary Artist Keeps With Tradition, Xavier Dhalluin, Broome Happenings, Issue 77,
2006 The Blue Dreams of a Desert Mob at Sea, Patrick Hutchings, The Age, 14-15th April,
2006 In Living Colour, Julianna Dowling, Notebook, Jan
2006 The New McCullochs Encyclopedia of Australian Art, 2006

Artworks of Daniel Walbidi

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