01.03.2017 - 24.03.2017
The kinship that binds families together has always been intrinsic to Indigenous cultures right across Australia. For Alair Pambegan, a Wik Mungkan man who lives in the west cape community of Aurukun, it is the memory of his late father, renowned artist and senior lore man Arthur Koo’ekka Pambegan Jnr., that compels him to paint.
Alair Pambegan belongs to the Wik-Munchan language group and lives and works in Aurukun, small community on Queensland’s West Cape York Peninsula. He comes from a long lineage of respected Wik elders and his late father Arthur Pambegan Jnr was the chief custodian of his peoples’ stories, a renowned artist and senior lore man. In 2014 Pambegan was a finalist in both the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and John Fries Award. Pambegan’s work is held in a number of public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern and Art, Brisbane and the Gilbert & Tobin Collection, Sydney.
Alair Pambegan lives and works in Aurukun, Australia.