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Allan Sumner

Visual arts
Aldinga, SA


Sculptural works with wood, metal and Glass fibre reinforced cement

(GRC). Nature Play Cultural Works Cultural Illustrations & Graphic



Allan Sumner, Born in 1975, Allan is a descendent of the Ngarrindjeri

people who come from the lower Murray and the lakes of the Murray River

along the Coorong of South Australia. He is also descendent of the

Kaurna people from the Adelaide plains region and the Yankunytjatjara

people from central Australia. In addition to being an established

musician, Allan is also an accomplished visual artist and graphic

designer. Through the love of his heritage, he facilitates cultural

tours and is a popular provider of workshops in schools and community

groups where he teaches Aboriginal arts and culture. He has also had

extensive experience working in the health sector as an Aboriginal

Health Professional. Allan has taken a passionate interest in Dreaming

Stories, spending valuable time with his Elders. Retracing ancient art

forms, Allan communicates the stories, passed down from generation to

generation, through his contemporary art pieces. Over the past three

years, his works have remarkably matured. Allan creates visually

arresting landscape works employing earthy tones intertwined with cooler

tones to represent rivers, lakes and the oceans that form patterns to

provide a sense of movement. Today Allan mostly paints with acrylic

applied onto canvas, with various artworks having been exhibited in

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. He also makes

boomerangs, bark shields, didgeridoos, and other cultural artefacts that

have been gifted to visiting dignitaries and international sporting



I am available for Public Art projects. Most of my work can be found at

Oaklands Park Reserve, Wilfred Taylor Reserve and Morialta Play Space.

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