Ray Thomas: Regenerating Culture

Moongan and Lit (meaning father and child in Gunnai language) is the title of a recent exhibition of artist Ray Thomas and his son Tirilli. The show at East Gippsland Art Gallery is dedicated to Tirilli’s older brother, Raymond Noel Lindsay Thomas, who died prematurely in 2017. It underlines the driving force of Thomas’ work – to address the critical need to pass knowledge on to younger Gunnai artists and kin. Ray Thomas The Elder & the Apprentice Pyrography & acrylic on Jirrah (kangaroo skin) Image: JOMO The Elder & the Apprentice introduces us to the overriding theme and the master craftsmanship of this artist. He uses a pyrographic (burning) technique to execute detailed human and animal