Abraham is a Kunwinjku artist; his country is in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia and he spends much of the year at the Didgeridoo Hut with his family. He paints with "grass", which is the stem of a freshwater reed that has many fibres inside. These are made to the thickness required for his Skin Group. The thickness of the lines and the way they are applied is very important. Besides Skin, they tell the clan and country of the artist.
Only the four ochre colours are used. Yellow for the sun, red for the blood of Mother Earth; she bleeds for you when you are born and when you die. White is used for body designs in ceremony. Black has secret meanings but is also the charcoal rubbed into cuts to create raised scars for tribal markings.
SOME OF ABRAHAM'S WORK
Here are examples of Abraham's artwork. Click on the images for more information and how to purchase.