Born in Cairns and spending his childhood in North Queensland, David has resided for most of his life in and around Brisbane.
David’s Indigenous heritage, his Butchulla, Dalungbarra heritage traces through his father, grandmother and her mother. His great, great grandmother was known as Mary Anne Dalungdalee who was born on Kgari or Fraser Island probably just prior to the time Dalungbarra lands were being consumed by the advancing colonial frontier, around the early 1800’s.
Not until comparatively late in life did the artist enrol for studies, submitting a folio for entry into the Diploma of Arts at Southbank TAFE. During this time David was introduced to the etching medium by Margaret Wilson, had his art ‘space’ expanded by Sally L’Estrange and was introduced to sculpture by Stephen Newton.
At present the artist is completing a Doctor of Visual Arts at QCA, GU under the supervision of Professor Ross Woodrow, Russell Craig and renown Australian artist, Judy Watson.
David’s exhibition, The Colonial – Collective Problem, is on until 30 April, 2016