Daniel Korneliussen

About Daniel

Daniel Korneliussen PhotoBorn in Taree NSW (Biripi People) my parents lived on the old bar road near the aboriginal settlement of Purfleet at the time I was born.  At the age of two my parents separated and I was left with my grandparents to raise me.  They lived at a place called Nabiac about twenty miles south of Taree.

Shortly after that time, we moved to a place called Elands up on the top of the Great Dividing Range about forty miles west of Taree.  This was a very isolate area out in the bush.  We had no close neighbours and only went to town (Taree) about once a month.  This is where I spent most of my childhood until I ran away from home at the age of sixteen.

I always knew I had indigenous ancestry but was never allowed to talk about it while growing up.  When I asked questions about family background I was told “if you ask questions about that the government will take you away and put you in a home because of the white Australia policy”.  That used to scare me but I had no idea what that meant.

My interest in art has been with me all my life.  I have always admired the work of Albert Namajira and he has been my inspiration.  Until the last few years I never had the chance to do art.  After going through a crisis in my life I found that art has been my best therapy.  My work centres on nature, animals and creation.

To purchase this artisans work visit the Regional Art Gallery Gift Shoppe.

Wallaman Falls Valley



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Electric Planet

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