Bradshaw (Guyon Guyon or Giri-Giri) and two Wandjina spirit. Painting by Melissa Wainer
Painting size 500 x 430 Rolled canvas
Artist Melissa Wainer. Daughter of famous artist Kevin Wainer. Keven was the first Aboriginal person to begin painting the Bradshaw figures on canvas. Melissa is carrying on the tradition of painting both Wandjina’s and the Bradshaw figures. The Bradshaw figures are thought to have been painted by a spirit bird who used his bleeding beak to paint the fine details of this figurative rock art. This Period of painting is late Pleistocene and thought to be at least 45,000 or more years old. The Kwini tribe describe the bird who did the paintings as Guyon Guyon or Giri-Giri. The Wandjina spirits represent their relationship to the Guyon Guyon (Bradshaw figures). Many aboriginal myths refer to the Wandjina as always being there and before the Guyon Guyon. Interestingly early recorded stories of the Wandjina paintings as being originally painted by the same spirit bird as the one that painted the Bradshaw figures.