Date of Birth 16/02/1969
Mother’s Country Mok Mak
Father’s Country Manmoyi
Dreaming Mandudjmi (Green Plum)
Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
Malcolm Fraser Estate
Crocodile Hotel Restaurant mural, Jabiru
Jabiru Sports Club mural, Jabiru
Abel Narborlhborlh is a senior and respected artist of the Kakadu region.
“Born in Darwin, I was a little boy in Madjinbardi. I went to school in Gunbalunya and Jabiru. Around 16 or 17 I started painting. We were camping at Gulungul long time ago. My uncle Joshua Bangarr, he gave me a piece of cardboard box first and then one small bark. We start burning it and he showed me all that when I was young. I first painted a fish, then a mimi. I’ve painted all my life.
“I had my first daughter Roxanne, and she looked after old Joshua, he told her all the old stories. I have two grandsons now and I teach them. Like my uncle showed me I will show this mob.”
On behalf of the Gallery we firstly acknowledge the land now known as Australia belonged to a Nation of People, widely sophisticated, Aboriginal people of Culture, With Gratitude to our Elders past, present and emerging, the Country's ancient Cultural heritage. Always Was, Always Will Be, Aboriginal Land.
We hope that by sharing the Stories of the Artworks more attention is paid to the land supporting us through the emmense Generational Knowledge of this Country Aboriginal people have.