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"This is showing the little boys getting painted for the circumcision ceremony. We call it Dhapi. They stand over the fire and it burns their feet, knees, hands and mouth. It teaches them not to steal or swear, and to show respect to girls. It puts them on the right track. It's how the young boys learn about respect. This is my grandfather's design". – Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred's artistic journey, deeply rooted in Ngukurr, encapsulates the essence of contemporary Aboriginal art. He deftly intertwines traditional techniques with audacious and vibrant colours, resulting in a strikingly unique artistic identity.

His art transcends conventional boundaries; it serves as a visual narrative, a tale of history, culture, and heritage. Wally's canvas, much like the footsteps of his grandfather, Sambo Barra Barra, explores the ever-evolving interplay between tradition and the present, weaving a rich tapestry that reflects life in South East Arnhem Land.

Ngukurr Arts Centre

Dhapi Ceremony by Wally Wilfred


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Title: Dhapi Ceremony
Artist: Wally Wilfred
Medium: Acrylic Paint on Paper, framed in a fluorescent green perspex frame
Dimensions: 87.5 x 67.5cm
Catalogue Number: 334-23

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