Tony Duwun Lee

Tony ‘Duwun’ Lee is from Darwin, and is part of the Larrakia mob. His areas of expertise include:

  • Exhibiting Artist (prints, paintings, carvings, sculpture)
  • Public Art
  • Art by commission
  • Corporate gifts
  • Healer
  • Welcome to Country presenter
  • Didgeridoo musician
  • Smoking ceremony facilitator
  • Workshop facilitator
  • Art Practice

Duwun is a painter, printmaker, carver and conceptual artist. He has worked in multiple public art projects as a designer and conceptual artist based on the meaning oftraditional artefacts and music. Duwun’s three Aboriginal bloodlines are a major influence of his work.

“Through the traditional forms of art comes healing. My basis is traditional – governed by traditional protocols – but I find ways to bring it to contemporary society. I work in all mediums including textiles, glass, silver, gold, bone, semi-precious rocks, plastics, foam, tin cans, cottonwool, compressed polystyrene.” Duwun works in all sizes, from eight metre bronze figures to fine jewellery.

“How I began creating art? On the way to school, at aged seven, I sat down with an old man by a campfire Mr Leigh. He showed me how to carve a boomerang and paint on bark with ochre. This was before the cyclone where the mob in Bagot had little huts.”

Duwun has travelled around the world, including: China, America, South Pacific, India, New Zealand, Philippines.

“My art is not the ‘Art of War’ but the ‘Art of Peacemaking’”.

Tony offers

  • Smoking Ceremonies
  • Didgeridoo & Clapstick Playing Workshops
  • Painting Workshops
  • Found Objects Workshops
  • Bamboo Sculpural Weaving Workshops
  • String Jewellery Workshops
  • Stencil Printing Workshops
  • Meetings & General Consultancy & Naming Rights Consultancy
  • Healing Workshops


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    Megan Hills The Creative Ingredient


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