Mervyn Street was born at Louisa Downs Station. He is a Gooniyandi man, from one of the two river groups from the country around Fitzroy Crossing. Mervyn is an accomplished author, illustrator, carver and painter. He has authored a book about his country and language entitled Know Your Granny, and has co-produced another entitled At the River. Mervyn lives with his wife June Davis at Pull Out Springs, his own community located 190 km from Fitzroy Crossing.
Mervyn has used his artwork extensively in the Yiyili School where he teaches his traditional language. He is an important person for art and culture in the Yiyili and Pull Out Springs communities and is a former Chairman of Mangkaja.
The themes in Mervyn's paintings include campfire stories, plants and animals, changing seasons and landscapes of Lambardi country Marrara River. His paintings also feature Aboriginal station workers on Louisa Downs Homestead, cattle stock routes between Broome and Wyndam, and the Canning Stock Route mustering and droving days in the 1940s and 1950s.
Courtesy of Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency