Brunswick Heads, NSW
DOB: 28 Oct 1974
Born: Brisbane, QLD
Dhinawan is a proud descendant of the Gamillaroi Bigambul tribe and a multifacetted artist. He passionate about his culture, which he communicates through murals, graphic design and on canvas.
The theme close to his heart is "water": its importance especially to Australia, how it is hidden deep underground in the tiniest of drops, eventually collecting in artesian basins, and from there slowly making its way towards the surface, changing its surrounds in its path.
Without water, there would be nothing.
Dhinawan is also a sought after public key note speaker (Telstra, Foxtel, Oxfam, amongst many more) and respected cultural ambassador, who uses the mediums of dance, song and storytelling to promote cultural awareness. He has won the New South Wales Premier's Encouragement Award for Education & Knowledge for his work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Biography Copyright Kate Owen Gallery
Awards and Recognition
2021 Grace Cossington Smith Art Award - Finalist
2010 New South Wales Premier's Encouragement Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Communities in 'Education, Knowledge & Learning' for his work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020 East Coast Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2014 - 2019 Exhibitions in Byron Bay during NAIDOC week
2016 Exhibition in Romania together with fellow indigenous artist Goompi
2008 Exhibition in France