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Tjyllyungoo is the traditional name of the landscape painter Lance Chadd, a Noongar man from Western Australia. Tjyllyungoo's paintings are internationally recognised and held in a number of collections.

Noongar an Indigenous Australian people who live in the south-west corner of Western Australia, from Geraldton on the west coast to Esperance on the south coast

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Western Australia state in Australia

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Born in 1954, he grew up in the south-west regional town of Bunbury, located within Noongar country. He began painting professionally, in 1981, without having taken formal training. His unique realistic style is akin to those of Hans Heysen and Albert Namatjira, to whose work he was introduced at an early age. His uncles Alan Kelly and Reynold Hart were also fine landscape painters at the Carrolup Mission settlement.

Bunbury, Western Australia City in Western Australia

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Hans Heysen Australian artist

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Albert Namatjira Australian painter

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While his work is identified with Indigenous Australian art, his paintings are imbued with these traditional influences through his depiction of the landscapes in his country. In contrast to indigenous abstractions, also recognised internationally, his work is well received by those without a knowledge of the cultural or spiritual beliefs of the Noongar people. [1]

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Tjyllyungoo's work has been exhibited at the Gomboc Gallery, a large private gallery in Western Australia. Works are retained in collections around the world, by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and within the Berndt Collection. [2]

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Berndt Museum of Anthropology anthropology museum in Western Australia

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He designed the statue "Wirin" in Yagan Square. [3]

Yagan Square

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  1. "Tjyllyungoo, Lance Chadd". About the artist. February 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-17. The landscape paintings represent the artist’s personal claim of spiritual unity with the land, rather than a political claim of restitution of Aboriginal land ownership. It is this very genuine and individual emotional involvement that lends to Tjyllyungoo's paintings their special appeal and poignancy, and which renders them highly accessible to any responsive audience.
  2. Lance Chadd at Nomad Two Worlds
  3. "Wirin". Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. Retrieved 18 March 2018.