Tribal Group: Torres Straits
Linocut Print, Circle of Life
based on Aboriginal DreamTime story.
25" x 21" Matted & Framed
About Dennis Nona.
Dennis was born on the Torres Strait island of Badu in 1973. He learned traditional wood carving. Combining his cultural background of traditional narrative and native ceremonies led to linocut skills with detailed style. He became an important preserver of the Torres Strait Islander legends.
It has been written he is "widely acknowledged to be one
of the most important Torres Strait Islander artists. His skill and
constant innovation have resulted in works of great beauty and complexity."
Anchored in his native culture, Dennis Nona's oeuvre evokes the ancient
myths and legends of his islands. Whereas traditional Torres Strait
Islander art would be based on a single image,
he is able to relate
an entire narrative in one graphic work. His incredibly intricate and
beautiful linocuts, etchings and sculptures are being collected by major
Australian museums and international institutions.
Dennis Nona has gained wide recognition and received major
as the prestigious
Telstra National Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander
in 2007, 2008 and 2010
In an interesting 21st Century twist, Nona's reputation has
been caught up in contemporary "cancel culture". Despite
his considerable contributions to Torres Strait culture and art, evidence of alledged felonious behavior when he was a young university student led the National Gallery of Australia to
remove his art from its collection. Depending on how you
feel about cancelling great art because of historical behavior
of the artist, you will find Nona's work either less valuable or more valuable. But, we feel obligated to reveal the situation to any potential buyer of this work of art.
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