About this artwork
A young man approached the tribal elder of his clan and asked if he now can be considered as a senior member of the tribe. The elder wasn’t convinced that he was ready to be granted such a high status and decided that he would first ask the Rainbow Serpent who was sleeping at the bottom of a sacred waterhole for its advice. The old man picked up a magical grass that grew on the banks and pushed it into the water to awaken the serpent. But instead of the Rainbow Serpent coming to the surface it pushed up boab trees and the paperbark tree. Today they can be seen growing still near waterholes and riverbanks throughout the Kimberley region.
About Hughie Ahwon
Hughie Ahwon is an Aboriginal man of Djubudja skin. His people are Warrnambool/Wunambal and Kwini tribe from north eastern Kimberley region. He carries on the artistic tradition of his people as has always been done passed from generation to generation. He started to paint to share what he had been taught about his culture. He paints with ochre and mixed medium. Hughie was born on Creswell downs Station in the Barkley tablelands NT in 1965. His father was a stockman from Spring Creek WA and his mother was from Borroloola NT. Hughie was raised in Wyndham. Hughie started painting in 2007 inspired by the skilled boab carvers in Wyndham. His mentor was Octa Carroll (father of senior ochre artist Tommy Carroll). Hughie has been represented by Waringarri Artists since 2008.