Garawan Wanambi

Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Center

Born: 13/08/65
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Gangan
Clan: Marrakulu
Region: East Arnhem Land



Garawan's father was Munuparriwuy Wanambi (1920-73), one of the artists of the Yirrkala Church Panels (himself a son of Garrarrambu one of Thomson’s subjects) and his mother was Gawirrin’s sister, Guthikpuy (their mother from the Dhudi Djapu clan). Garawan is married to Manini Gumana, a daughter of Dhalwangu leader, Dhakawal Gumana who was the brother of Gawirrin Gumana AO and son of Birrikitji Gumana a senior ritual leader. After his father’s death, Garawan was guided by Yanggariny Wunungmurra and through this connection paints Marrangu, the counterpart of Marrakulu from the other side of Arnhem Bay.

A major solo exhibition of his work was shown at Niagara Galleries in Melbourne 2009. This was followed by the successful One Clan Three Hands at the same venue in 2011.


Carving memorial poles


Catalogue: 17th Biennale of Sydney - The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival in a Precarious
. ISBN 978 0 64652794 9


Kerry Stokes Collection, ‘Larrakitj' Perth WA


Finalist - Kate Challis RAKA Award 2013
Winner - Best Bark Painting - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards 2014