Yondee (Shane Hansen) is a Noongar man from Western
Australia, now based on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
He was born in 1964 in Dumbleyung, 270 km south of Perth.
The name Dumbleyung is derived from the Aboriginal word
'Dambeling' meaning large lake, and refers to the lake
nearby which is the largest in south west WA. Yondee
remembers this lake as a child and being told stories
of the Wagal (rainbow snake) in its waters.
He was told about hunting and shown sand drawings by his father.
Around the age of ten he would travel and visit his aunties
on the Swan River and would collect paper bark to help them
in their art work. It was here that he started to learn about
art from his older relatives who are known for their painting
on paper bark.
He is an experienced and accomplished artist who is developing
a way of working with sand and ochres to depict the stories
and legends of his people. He also paints detailed figurative
works based on mission life, hunting and animals. His works
are abstract in their presentation but narrative in their content.
He wishes to continue the stories of his grandfather. He learnt
these stories and images as ground paintings so he feels the
translation of them to sand paintings does them justice and
brings them to new audiences.
Yondee has painted with the Campfire group of Aboriginal artists
in Brisbane as well as exhibiting his work in a number of galleries
in Western Australia, NSW, Queensland and overseas (USA and
We regularly offer paintings by Yondee in the