Eddie Blitner

Australian Aboriginal Artist

  


Born:   1961
Area:    Ngukkurr
Tribe:     Marra/Alawa
Country: Naiyarindji
Clan:      Barbil
Moiety:    Mambali
Totem:    Bandiyan 

Medium

Bark painting, ochres on bark, carved and painted hollow log coffin, didjeridu. Dupun, carving

Awards:

1998 Australian Aids Magazine "Blue Bell". 1999 First Prize Barunga Aboriginal cultural Festival "One Fire".

Interviews:

1999 Four Corners interview/world wide release.

Exhibitions:

1998 Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards, Darwin, NT. 1999 Spirits of the Dreaming exhibition, Darling Harbour Cultural Centre. Promoted by the Today show. Sydney. NSW. 2000 Love Magic exhibition, Katherine Art Gallery, held at the Australian Trust, Sydney. "G Spot"

Details

Edward started painting when he was seven years old. "My grandfathers, Fred, Gerry and Donald would be painting or carving and we kids would sit around them and watch them grind the ochre' s and mix the colours, after a while he would tell us the story for that particular painting and also teach us the songs and dance for that story. When he was in a very good mood, he let us paint the sides of the bark painting, that was my start". Eddie has progressed as a highly recognized contemporary artist. He has worked with the children of several schools and street children teaching them his painting skills and techniques.

Edward Blitner is from Naiyalrindji and the community Ngukkurr on the Roper River, which is approximately 270 km Southeast of Katherine, N.T. It is now called the Yugul Mangl Community.Many good painters have emerged from that community and are represented in most major Australian and overseas galleries.

It has taken Eddy 16 years to learn to paint the stories and the Dreamings, passed on to him by his grandfather. Edward is also an accomplished woodcarver and didjeridu maker. Some of Eddy's bird carvings stand 2 meters high and are fully decorated and cross hatched.

Other members of his clan (Barbil) taught him how to make flint spear heads, traditional hunting boomerangs and most important how to hunt, fish, find bush tucker and make bush medicine to survive.