Lance Chadd, a Bibbulmun Nyoongar/Budimia Yamatji Aboriginal artist born in the southwest town of Bunbury, paints under his traditional tribal name !Tjyllyungoo"#(meaning, Elder Man/Wisdom/Law, given to him by his Father, Norman Chadd, a well- known Drover of Yamatji Country). His name and breathtaking work are known, recognised and respected throughout South Western Australian and International art circles, South Western Aboriginal communities, art curators and researchers on SW Aboriginal Art and artists. He is known as one of the most senior and important Nyoongar artists alive.
Tjyllyungoo has painted professionally since 1981, and his works are in many collections worldwide and locally including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Parliament House and the Berndt Museum Collection. Tjyllyungoo is prolific in his mastery of depicting Australian landscapes, with constantly evolving work producing progressively more powerful collections, as he skilfully weaves the intangible Nyoongar spiritual beliefs and stories, through landforms. These exquisite expressions allow easy access for the viewer to search and find understanding of Nyoongar culture and how the land and spirit of the people are inseparable.
His peoples take pride in and are inspired by his work, remembering and maintaining their identity, strength of spirit and sense of belonging in their homeland. Tjyllyungoo"s extremely strong connection to his cultural history and life long drive for cultural maintenance and knowledge, stems from his late Father"s passion and early sharing. He continues his exploration and research of his ancestors, as well as his personal and artistic journey of deepening connections to country. He generously shares his knowledge in unique and incredibly powerful ways. Tjyllyungoo's artistic endeavours were encouraged from an early age and greatly influenced by his uncles Allan Kelly and Reynold Hart, who were both of the well- known !child"#artists of the famous Carrolup Mission, the start of the South Western Aboriginal movement of painting.