Gulpilil (David) Dreaming – Kakadu 2006, 2006 by George Fetting

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Artist's statement

Actor David Gulpilil’s life is a sometimes difficult combination of traditional Aboriginal existence in northeast Arnhem Land and the pursuit of work as actor and performer throughout Australia. This crossover has not been easy; David has suffered alcohol and drug problems along with depression during his distinguished career of nearly 40 years. David’s portrait displays all that is good of a traditional existence. At home in a secret waterhole in Kakadu, naked, dripping, and pristine, this wonderful actor seems purged of the evils that have plagued him. In 1987 David was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the arts. I felt honoured to spend some time with such a remarkable man in a special place that is ‘his country’.