Sebastian Arrow | Artist Profile

Details of Sebastian Arrow

About

Sebastian is from the Yawuru language group near Broome, Western Australia. He has lived in this area for most of his life. The well known senior law man and artist Aubrey Tigan was his mentor and taught him the traditional designs and craft of this area. In 2011 they returned to the traditional island sea country of the Mayala people, Buccaneer Archipelago. The voyage focused on the little understood tradition of the Ochre incised Pear shell carving tradition, ubiquitous amongst saltwater tribes along the Kimberley and Pilbara coastal frontier, remote North Western edge of Western Australia. Here Sebastian received traditional training in preparation, procedure and specific designs of Riji. He is now a trained advocate with responsibilities to cannon Mayala existence. Sebastian is able to produce some of the old local law designs and trading designs that Aubrey passed on to continue this extraordinary artwork on pearlshell. Riji are carved pearlshell, rubbed with ochre. They were traditionally used as a trading device with in land tribes and during men's initiation ceremonies. Sebastian has strong personal interest in most saltwater activities including free diving, apnea diving, fitness and nutrition and traditional and contemporary saltwater hunting. He also has a strong interest in Aboriginal Archaeology and Anthropology Pharmacopeia.

Exhibitions
2018 Defying Empire, Museum and Art GAllery of Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
2018 Lustre, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2017 Lustre, Australian National Maritime Museum, NSW
2017 Lustre, Museum Tropical Queensland, QLD
2017 Hedland Art Award, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2017 Defying Empire, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
2016 Lustre, Museum of Victoria (Immigration Museum), VIC
2015 Lustre, Museum of Western Australia, WA
2015 Shimmer, Taranathi Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia
2015 Shimmer, Taranathi Festival, Jam Factory South Australia
2014 Arrinji Jewelry Range release, Nomad 2 Worlds Indigenous Atlas Pacific showroom, Claremont

Collections
Art Gallery of South Australia
Museum of Western Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Kerry Stokes Collection

Awards
2017 Winner (Best Sculptural Work), Hedland Art Award, Port Hedland, WA

Bibliography
http://desertriversea.com.au/artists/93
Lustre, Museum of Western Australia, 2015
http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/lustre-online-text-panels/pearlings-future
Tarnanthi, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2015
Tarnanthi: Surveys of a Changing Landscape, The Australian, November 13, 2015
Connect, Issue 9, Art Gallery of South Australia, May 2016
Carrying Culture, Art Gallery of South Australia, SA, Sept 2016
Riji Craver, Goolari Media, https://vimeo.com/229364741/77a1e6f9a1
SBS Food, Antonio Carluccio, Rottnest Island, 2016
https://issuu.com/marilynnepaspaley/docs/93340n
http://2015.tarnanthi.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/26Jun15-Preview-release-FINAL.pdf
https://issuu.com/artgalleryofsouthaustralia/docs/tarnanthi_festival_program_issue_01/22
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/tarnanthi-surveys-of-a-changing-landscape/news-story/b5d4cbe716d7ee0306e27540b2e8efbd
https://issuu.com/artgalleryofsouthaustralia/docs/issuu_agsa_connect_10_oct-jan_2017_

Artworks of Sebastian Arrow