Kurun Warun was encouraged by his mother to begin painting at a young age, with his first works exhibited at the age of eight. Kurun's mother was tutored by Clifton Pugh, a scholar of the NGV art school (National Gallery of Victoria Art School), three time winner of the Archibald prize and the Order of Australia medal.
Kurun Warun's line of heritage can be traced back to Truganini, the last living Tasmanian Queen. He sees his work as a development of contemporary Aboriginal abstract art. All his work has a traditional meaning not always observed by the eye at first glance. His work is bound with colour and carefully defined within line and space to lead the viewer through the underlying story.
Kurun Warun's style is an excellent example of the multivalent nature present in Aboriginal art; meaning the designs used in the paintings often has many interrelated and symbolic meanings. The surface narrative elements, known as the paintings ‘Story' or ‘Dreaming', are one of the many layers of an aboriginal paintings meaning. The imagery utilised by Aboriginal artists has deep cultural resonances that defy logic and narrative interpretations. The western viewer can, however, intuitively feel the power of this spiritual resonance without necessarily having to understand the details, which are known only to the initiated.