Doris Glasson’s Aboriginal artwork wins competition for Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Jersey 2017

Doris Glasson in her totem garden proudly displaying her winning artwork. Photo by Mandy ELLIS.
Doris Glasson in her totem garden proudly displaying her winning artwork. Photo by Mandy ELLIS.


IT is a special occasion when you win an art competition, and even more so when your art will be used on the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles jersey for their 2017 Indigenous round.

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This however is not the first time for Doris Glasson’s Aboriginal artwork to adorn sporting jerseys.

A different design has been used by the Nelson Bay Marlins AFL.

Doris told News Of The Area, “It was my brother Hilton who brought the Sea Eagles competition to my attention.”

Doris explains the rationale behind her submission.

“I thought of the first time I ever saw the sea, and that was at Manly, the colours I chose were the Sea Eagles colours.”

“When I think of Manly, I see a beautiful beach, the blue represents the waves and the small bone dots the warm sand; The circles with dots represent the communities that proudly define the Northern Beaches with the U shapes representing the people that make up those communities.”

Doris then goes on to explain, “Paths make their way to a maroon circle featuring the Sea Eagles logo, which represents Brookvale Oval; Manly’s spiritual gathering place.”

Doris’s artwork is by no means without deep meaning, which is what you would expect from an Aboriginal artist, each dot and swirl has a profound meaning.

Doris proudly displays her artwork at the Mater hospice and hospital, each with different meaning and colours, however, the one thing that is within each and every piece is a hidden dragonfly, this is her trademark, this stems from when she was playing down by the creek as a child a dragonfly could always be seen and it reminds her of happy times.

Doris is originally from Gilgandra, NSW and belongs to the Wiradjuri clan and currently lives in Anna Bay where she has her studio for creating Aboriginal artwork called Mandaang Art.


By Mandy ELLIS

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