Aboriginal Watercolour artist Gordon Waye

Gordon Waye

Born: c. 1940's

Country: Port Augusta, South Australia

Medium: Watercolour on Board, Acrylic/Oil on Canvas

Subjects: Landscape

Gordon paints landscapes and spiritual figures within the landscape. Though having no formal training the influences on his painting stem back to his childhood days drawing with charcoal and experimenting with watercolours. During his adult working life he has continued to paint. Gordon spent many years in Central Australia and is highly influenced by the MacDonnell Ranges.

The spiritual figures within his landscapes relate to his reading about Dreamtime stories and what he has experienced from the landscape. He has also painted murals including the Palace Hotel in Broken Hill, as seen in the film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Gordon grew up at Colebrook Home, Eden Hills in Adelaide. He is part of what is now known as the 'stolen generation' - a government policy of removing indigenous children from their families, often, as in Gordon's situation, being placed in a public institution. Tracing family history has in the past been very difficult and this equates to his lack of family history.



Group Exhibitions

1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT


1989 Professional Development Grant, from the Aboriginal Arts Unit of the Aust.Council for Arts

Select Bibliography

Hardy, J.,Megaw,JVS and Megaw, MR (ed) 1992, The Heritage of Namatjira – the Watercolourist of Central Australia, William Heinemann, Australia

Further References

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.Adelaide, SA