Wayne Connolly first started working at the Yarrabah Arts & Culture Center in the late 1990s and helped to construct the boardwalk near rain forest behind the Menmuny Museum.
"My father was a Kowanyama man from Ngukurr (Roper River), his name was Claude Ponto and he was a legendary tracker but once he retired and moved to Yarrabah he started making carvings out of polished trophy shells; one of his shields is part of a collection at The National Museum of Australia and his craft is what inspired me to start painting canvases and making ceramics in 2019 after a long interest in art".
Currently, Connolley is spending a lot of time camping, hunting, and enjoying traditional foods which inspire his artworks that often include fish, turtles, and bush foods.
WAYNE CONNOLLY | 'Yarrabah Mountain Lines' | Ceramic Bowl | Hand-painted / glazed
Dimensions: 36 (h) x 28 (w) x 28 (d) cm