Artist Profile

Kym Willis
Born :1954
Location :Darwin, Northern Territory
Tribe :Coorong
Skin group :Ngarrindjeri
Language :Ngarrindjeri


Kym Willis


Kym Willis was born in 1954 in South Australia and grew up and went to school in the Adelaide hills. He later married and had three children before he and his family moved to Darwin about 1983.

Kym started to paint as a hobby about 1993 and has since become quite successful. He was taught to paint and make didgeridoos by an old aboriginal fellow. Due to ill health, Kym was forced to retire from his regular work as a truck driver, so he began to paint and make didgeridoos full time.

Kym’s didgeridoos have become very popular and his high standard of workmanship ensures that the demand for his instruments is greater than the supply.

Timber used to make didgeridoos is:
Woolly butt (about 7 sub species of woolly butt), Stringybark, Blood wood and a few other species of trees in various areas.

These trees are all from the gum tree family which is very common throughout Australia.
The trees are hollowed out by white ants.


You are welcome to visit our art gallery to see Kym Willis and other aboriginal artists artwork on Didgeridoo, Boomerang, Pottery, Coolamon and Canvas at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia


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