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Gather, Gathers, Gathering

"Based on the traditional fire making implements of the Girringun rainforest Aboriginal people, the artists have created artworks made from clay, timber and string to evoke the spirit of the old people. 


Traditionally, the firesticks were made up of two parts, the Bagu (body) and Jiman (sticks). Bagu is normally made from the boogadilla (milky pine tree) and Jiman are made from mudja (wild guava tree). The bagu form was founded in the shape of a man. The spirit design was created with traditional clays and the ochre colours are magera yellow, jillan, black with wallaby blood and garba white."



Daniel (Galaman) Beeron is a Girramay Traditional Owner of the Murray Upper area, near Cardwell, North Queensland. 


Daniel is an expert painter and weaver of Jawun cane baskets. He is also a gifted potter of Bagu and Bigin. Daniel first began working with ceramics in 2009. True to his roots, he draws from his cultural heritage - evident in his use of traditional symbols and designs. His paintings feature soulful feather strokes in assorted tones. His sculptures, some standing over six feet tall, captivates audiences. Above all, the practice of weaving is especially meaningful to Daniel. Forward thinking and adaptive, Daniel has also transferred his weaving skills over to unusual textiles, such as metal. He weaves for cultural continuum - to ensure that these precious methods survive throughout generations.


Daniel’s work is held in a number of collections. It was most recently acquired by the Australian Museum, Art Bank Collection and the University of Queensland Art Museum. 



Artist: Daniel Beeron
Cultural Group: Girramay

Materials: Clay Ceramic Non-Traditional
Dimensions: 41cm x 15cm x 7 cm
Cat # DB1131

Bagu by Daniel Beeron