Hunter Barnes is a proud Ngiyampaa man descendant of Jimmy Keewong and Kitty Nerange. Hunter is well known for his portrait and realism artwork and is a passionate and respected tattoo artist.
Hunter through his family, practices his culture and over the last two years, moved into story-telling of on Country through his artwork and artefact making. His intricate understanding of traditional markings and his commitment to learning traditional application sees him continuously learn, perfect his craft and share his knowledge for the conservation of his culture. He is dedicated to continuing this practice and applying it into the contemporary art field of tattooing.
Hunter is dedicated and applies himself to Ngiyampaa language and one of his career highlights in this journey was to be chosen for the front cover of the new edition publication of the Ngiyampaa Language Dictionary printed by AIATSIS.
Hunter continues to grow his artistic expression aligned with his cultural responsibility and respect as a First Nation’s man.
Hunter is respected and requested by schools and youth work alike, for his murals and workshops with young people.
Ngiyampaa – Keewong Mob
The Ngiyampaa (pronounced nee-yam-par) are dryland people. Ngiyampaa Country takes in the plains and rocky hills east of the Darling River, extending north from Willandra Creek.