My Name is Donavon Gilbert and I was born at Billabong Station out of Mullewa. I work at the Tjukurba Art Gallery
in Wiluna and I enjoy painting on canvas.
I started painting when I was an adult of 19 years old. I followed Ann Williams, an artist who taught me how to paint and use colours. This happened at the old Ngangganawili Community Office years ago, where the art centre was at the time.
Left to right, Donavon Gilbert, Collecting Malga Seeds, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm. Kendra Farmer, Karku Dreaming (Emu Dreamtime Story), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 91cm. Donavon Gilbert, North Pool Yabbi Hunt, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 150cm. Images courtesy of artists and Tjukurba Art Gallery.
One of my works in Revealed is called North Pool Yabbi Hunt. This story depicts the place where we go out swimming, hunting and gathering yabbi to cook over the hot coals after making our campfire. The children are playing and helping the adults catch yabbi for a cook up. After we cook the yabbi we all sit together and eat as a family. Sharing is caring.
My other work, Collecting Malga Seeds, depicts the Seven Sisters collecting the Malga Seeds and the Pricker bush seeds. Malga wood is used to dig out the seeds that sit among the different colours of the Country Landscape.