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Koonarang Nunnuccal

Queensland

Koonarang was raised by his grandparents and he lived on the outskirts of a tiny town called Yelarbon QLD with them. His grandparents had a share in a tobacco farm which they work tirelessly to provide food and shelter for  him and his little sister. They were old and passed on a  wealth of cultural knowledge from their country, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island.)

Dreamtime stories were taught to him from a very early age. He loves his culture and is a very passionate man. He has travelled all throughout Australia living in small communities as a health care worker, immersing himself with his land, his culture and his spirit. His artworks reflect his extensive journey.

Koonarang is a very articulate, quiet man who goes about his work and art with dignity and cultural pride. His constant quest to break artist barriers within the indigenous art forum shows him to be innovative and his works, refreshing. 

In a very short time Koonarang has accummulated awards in the Indigenous Section of the Royal Brisbane Show 2005 and 2006 (Queensland Parliament House Exhibition in both years) and now another win in the same show in 2007 with his unique - string of pearl dotting - style.