Corey Payne is a descendant of the Paakantyi and Wilyakali tribes of the Far West NSW. He was born in Broken Hill and currently resides in Mildura with his family.
Corey has been interested in and producing Aboriginal art since he was a young fella at school. His interests in his culture and in Aboriginal art has been instilled from a young age where he would visit the Local Land Council Gallery and watch men doing woodwork and paintings.
He currently works from home hand carving didgeridoos, boomerangs, clap sticks, paintings on canvas and other artifacts. His carved didgeridoos are very unique and are finely crafted to show a 3D recreation of certain animals, important to Aboriginal culture.
Corey’s artwork is found across Australia and can be found internationally in countries including South Africa, New Zealand, America, Sweden, Japan and Germany.
Corey was the recipient of the 2017 Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s People’s Choice Award with his works, Kurlawirras Creation. Corey participated in the Baaka Stories Exhibition in 2019 at West Darling Arts. With his partner, he operates a Aboriginal art gallery in Mildura called Miiki Puuri Mandi, which you can find on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MiikiPuuriMandiAboriginalArt/