Senior Artist and Cultural Advisor
Dhamanydji is the youngest son of renowned artist and cultural leader Tom Djawa. He grew up in Milingimbi and has been painting since he was at school in the mission time. He was taught to paint his dreamings by his older brother.
Joe makes works associated with the Buralla (Diving Duck), Yangurra (turtle), Gunatdarra (heron), Manpiri (catfish), Lumba-lumba (emu), Nyoka (crab), Milminydjarrk (water hole), Djanda/ Bininmirr (water goanna) and Djalunbu (hollow log coffin). He also paints designs associated with the Djan’kawu Sisters from his mothers side.
Dhamanydji has worked has an employee and consultant to the art and culture centre for many years. Within these roles he has contributed immense cultural knowledge to a number of national collections, includeing; Berndt Museum (University of western Australia, Perth), Macleay Museum (University of Sydney), Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney), Museum Victoria (Melbourne) and the National Australian Museum (Canberra).