Kunmanara (David) Frank (1949-2021)
Kunmanara (David) Frank (1949-2021) lived and worked in the community of Indulkana, on the eastern side of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in far north South Australia. Engaging, humorous, and visually striking, his works can be viewed as windows into the artist's own life experience. His paintings include subjects such as police figures, the vast desert country, stories from the Old Testament, and Ngangkari healings, which illustrates both traditional and contemporary life in the Indulkana community.
In 2017 Frank was named a finalist in the 34th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, the Hadley Art Prize at the Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Tasmania, and the Sulman Prize at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
In 2018 Frank was once again named a finalist in the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
Alcaston Gallery was deeply saddened to annouce the passing of Mr Frank in 2021. He is remembered as a brilliant figurative painter, ngangkari (traditional healer), Yankunytjatjara elder and Traditional Owner, and proud former policeman.
© The Artist, Iwantja Arts, SA and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022
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