Kevin Waina

Kevin Waina – Indigenous Artist

id Services Australia provides public relations, sales and marketing services to one of Australia’s most unique and talented Indigenous artists.

Kevin WainaKevin is from Kalumburu, he is gifted and a wonderful inspiration and joy to be around. Kevin’s work can be ordered through this website. Corporate clients can book Kevin to provide highly entertaining and unique workshop sessions. Kevin is also a comedian / entertainer and enjoys his life to the fullest and loves to make those around him happy!

Kevin and his wife, Bernadette, live at Kalumburu. They have seven children, the three eldest (Cassandra, Melissa and Lawrence) showing the talent of their father.   Bernadette is also very well known for her artefacts – her bush buckets made from moulded bark are collectors’ items.

Kevin was born at Wyndham in 1954 and has lived most of his life at Kalumburu.  He visits Kununurra quite often, for Gallery “in house” painting and of course for the Melbourne Cup and Christmas Shopping.  He has travelled extensively throughout Australia and Overseas – including leading a contingent of indigenous people to Rome to visit the Vatican. When asked why he was chosen as the leader, he laughingly replied “Because if we got lost, I’m the only one cheeky enough to ask the way home”. Kevin is delightful company – he described the Colosseum as “much smaller than I expected”, then went on to compare it with an Australian Rules Football oval – he paced out the Colosseum and knew exactly how many paces that equalled as to the Football oval.

Kalumburu is a beautiful spot on the coast in the far north of the East Kimberley – famous for fishing, mudcrabs and oysters. Kevin is in charge of the radio station at Kalumburu – he broadcasts to the Kimberley and Pilbira region, and very often on Monday right around Australia – all via Satellite ex Broome.  He is articulate and has a wonderful depth of knowledge of his culture and stories of his paintings and is very willing to share this.

Kevin’s preferred medium is ochre on canvas or bark, and his paintings depict the Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art which is prolific in his country (Kwini area), combined with the Wallarwhroo, a white figure similar to but very different from the Wandjina figures, in that the Wandjina represents the Rain God – Kevin’s Wallarwhroo directs the hunters as to the best and “allowable” places for hunting and fishing – the hands in his paintings represent the places where his people are not allowed to go.  The people bring the Wallarwhroo gifts in return for his direction.

The country in Kevin’s paintings of Bradshaw Art is from Oombulgurri to Kalumburu, including King George Sound.  The Wandjina Country is from the Prince Regent area south to Mowanjum.  He is very precise about these boundaries.

Kevin is one of the best known Bradshaw artists. He has exhibited widely and his works are held in major private and corporate collections worldwide. Due to his in-depth knowledge of Bradshaw Art (one of the most fascinating of the rock art styles), he is often interviewed and consulted by the media and experts in this field.

In his spare time, Kevin is a muso and plays guitar and sings with the Sunset Band.


HOLIDAYS WITH HEART

You can visit Kevin in his home community of Kalumburu, a Kimberley coastal township in the Central Far North of Western Australia, and by making a booking for your holiday through id Services Australia, you will automatically be participating in the Holidays with Heart program and supporting the Happy Days Foundation.

The Happy Days Foundation was created by Chris Fenech, Managing Director of id Services Australia, with the intention to raise funds to create a chain of respite facilities for families affected by Huntington’s Disease in Australia.

Through our Holidays with Heart program 100 per cent of the commission normally earned on bookings will be donated by id Services Australia to the Happy Days Foundation for these much needed respite facilities.  Read more about Huntington’s Disease and the Happy Days Foundation here.

Thank you for your support and please consider booking through us again in the future!

Happy holidays!

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Kevin Waina

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To purchase Kevin’s art or to book a workshop / performance, please contact Chris Fenech –

(t) 0419 977 542 (e) chris@idservices.com.au

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