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Artist | Leonard Andy
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Djiru Traditional Owner

Leonard Andy with large Saltwater Bagu 

Leonard Andy — Painter and Maker of Traditional Objects

Leonard Andy is a Djiru Traditional Owner of the Mission Beach area.  Leonard currently lives at Mission Beach on his traditional land and creates a number of unique art pieces including paintings, wooden artifacts and batiks.  His attention to detail is evident in the intricate designs painted on his carved wooden swords, boomerangs, spear throwers and canvases.  He has just begun exploring batik as a new medium.

Leonard has exhibited his artefacts and paintings in a number of local exhibitions including ‘Cross Currents; a cultural exchange project with Japanese artists in 2003 at the Innisfail Sugar Museum Gallery and his artwork has been purchased by private collectors.  He has also contributed artwork to a number of publications including magazines for the North Queensland Land Council and The Wet Tropics Management Authority. 

His artworks also feature on interpretative signage, at the Hull River Settlement Memorial at South Mission Beach and as part of the Ulysses Trail Heritage Trails Project at Mission Beach.




2013 Darwin Art Fair, Darwin
2013 Girringun at Mission, Unique Frames and Mission Arts, Mission Beach
2012 CIAF Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
2012 CIAF, Cairns Cruise Terminal
2012 Redland Westpac art prize, National art school Sydney
2011 Art + Place QR Tilt Train – launched September 2011
2011 Strand Ephemera,The Strand, Townsville (Artistic Excellence Award)
2011 CIAF, Cruise Terminal, Cairns
2011 CIAF Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
2010 Girringun at Hinchinbrook, Hinchinbrook Gallery, Ingham
2010 Girringun at Canopy, Canopy Art space, Cairns
2010 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
2010 New Acquisitions exhibition, Parliament House, Canberra
2009 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns.
2009 Murray Upper and Beyond, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Cardwell
2009 Group show at Magarra Gallery, Atherton.
2008 Blak Roots, Kick Arts Indigenous Survey Exhibition, Cairns
2006 Wabu-Barra: Art from the Rainforest, Townsville Cultural Centre
2003 Cross Currents (a cultural exchanged with Japanese artists) at Mourilyan Sugar Museum Gallery. This exhibition also toured Queensland.

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