Art Hunter | Episode 15 | Traditions of Life and the Land | Ande Kempnich | NOW LIVE

Art Hunter | Episode 15 | Traditions of Life and the Land | Ande Kempnich | NOW LIVE

In this Episode of The Art Hunter David Hunt gets a real insight with aboriginal artist Ande Kempnich and his work as an artist.

Ande Kempnich was born in 1970 on the North Coast of New South Wales. His mother, Isobel Terare raised a large family, and Ande, being the second youngest, gained knowledge of traditional culture (especially language) from older siblings and other relatives.

His art started at the age of seven with the use of basic traditional symbols on boomerangs, woomeras and canvas. He painted recreationally for the next few years. At seventeen, Ande stopped painting to concentrate on studies and gained his HSC in 1988. He then went on to study for a Bachelor of Education at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst but decided that art would be his career.

In 1991, Ande gained the position as artist in residence at Nunumbal Aboriginal Arts and Crafts, headed by Jarwin Jagamarra. This furthered his education by learning differences in style between central desert art and arts from the eastern seaboard. While he has great respect and appreciation for the arts from the central desert, he is only permitted to paint images from his own land, Bundjalung Country.

His paintings depict the traditional ways of life, the land, the natural resources, ceremonies, stories and legends, and contemporary works which are largely influenced by his Aboriginal heritage.

Ande currently lives in Sydney and has had works exhibited with Arone Raymond Meeks and Jeffrey Samuals, Indigenous Art of the Dreamtime, United Nations New York and Jinta Desert Art Gallery, Sydney. He recently spent a year touring through Europe, promoting and gaining more recognition for his art and culture. 


In the Art Hunter, David Hunt explores the artist with an in-depth look into their background; where they came from, the type and work they do, their latest work and where they see the future. 


Host: David Hunt 

Producers: David Hunt and Simon Barnett (

Director: Tim Barnett 

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About The Author

David Hunt

David Hunt is The Art Hunter and is dedicated to interviews with artists of various disciplines - from visual arts to theatre; from writers to actors; from gallery curators to dancers. His aim is to showcase all aspects of the arts, with up close and personal in-depth conversations. David Hunt’s love for the arts and his friendship with so many artists as a presenter/producer of a weekly arts program on JOY 94.9 - Sunday Arts Magazine, which has been running for over six years. David is always on the “Hunt” for new & emerging artists. He is very grateful that he has been given this opportunity to support the arts. David’s background over the past 30 years, was with international & local record companies, in senior management roles - publicity, promotions, marketing. With EMI, Virgin, BMG & MDS (an offshoot of Mushroom), plus his own PR/Marketing company. Looking after some of the biggest international & local names in the industry.

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