Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

Craig Koomeeta

Sculpture as a Means of Communication for Traditional Stories

b. 1977, Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula

Craig began carving at the age of fourteen under the supervision of his uncles, Clifford and Roland Toikalkin. Drawn to sculpture because of its physical and tactile nature, he is one of the youngest carvers at Aurukun and views sculpture as a means of communication for traditional stories.

Though normally restricted to ceremonial use, Craig often carves figurative sculptures of ancestral beings - such as the crocodile - out of wood, but will also have them cast in limited editions of bronze and aluminium.

Craig was awarded the 'Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Prize' in the 18th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (2001) and is included in major national collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

As well as being a talented artist, Craig is a trained health worker and currently holds the position of Councillor at Aurukun Shire Council.

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