Wayne Liwingu McGinness




About Artist:
Wayne "Liwingu" McGinness was born in Atherton QLD, his mother's homeland. His grandmother was from the Ngadjon tribe (rainforest people) and his grandfather from the Yidinji tribe. Wayne spent the majority of his life in the Northern Territory which is father's tribal homeland - the Kungarrakan Tribe (paperbark people) of the Finnis and Darwin River area.

His grandfather was born on a mine claim near the Finniss River to a local Kungarakan woman and an Irish rail worker (Stephen McGinness). His father's biological mother was a Torres Strait Islander.

In 2006, he combined his love of aboriginal art with his skills as a steel fabricator and came up with his own style of steel art.

Now, Wayne follows his passion full time, and designs awards for Indigenous Agencies as well as corporate awards and gifts for Australian businesses. In 2012, Tali Gallery commissioned him to create the gift our Paralympic Team took to London as well as specific artworks for a cross cultural exhibition within the Greek Festival of Sydney. Wayne held his inaugural exhibition at UMI Arts in Cairns in 2012, followed by feature artist status in Tali Gallery's Art Month Sydney mixT 3D Exhibition in early 2013.

Tali Gallery is able to commission work from Wayne for both interiors and exteriors.