Artist Profile

Wayne "Liwingu" McGinness

Wayne “Liwingu” McGinness

Wayne “Liwingu” McGinness was born in Atherton QLD where his mother is from. His grandmother was Maggie “Djairrami” Anning and her people, the Ngadjon tribe (rainforest people), were  located all over the Atherton Tablelands. Her husband, Gerald Anning,  was a fisherman, master lumberjack and one of the Yidinji tribe.

Little Granama

Waynes Grandmother Djairrami Anning of the Ngadjon tribe

Wayne spent the majority of his life in the Northern Territory where his father’s family is from. The Kungarrakan Tribe (paperbark people) of the Finnis and Darwin River area. His grandfather Valentine Bynoe McGinness (a welder, wheelright and mechanic) was born on a mine claim near the Finniss River to a local Kungarakan woman (Alyandabu”Lucy” McGinness) and an Irish rail worker (Stephen McGinness).

Grandad Val McGinness (Woodadudawich)

Grandad Val McGinness (Woodadudawich)

Lucy Mine Claim

The Lucy Mine Claim, where his grandfather was born, and where Wayne spent alot of happy times in his childhood, learning about the land


His father’s biological mother was a Torres Strait woman. And, although Wayne never knew her, his looks and art seem to be a reflection of this mix. He now has his own beautiful family of wife Lucy, two daughters and a son.

McGinness family

Wayne, Lucy, Leilani, Jenna and Shaun

In 2006, he combined his love of aboriginal art with his skills as a steel fabricator and came up with his own style of steel art. He started off by designing and fabricating a 5 metre long crocodile for an entrance gate out of rusty recycled steel and it received such a great  response that he began experimenting with different Australian animals and techniques.

Crocodile by Wayne McGinness

His first creation, a Loondooroo (crocodile) for the entrance gate of his property at Humpty Doo NT, made from recylced mild steel

Each design is unique and represents the animals of his childhood, animals of his grandfather’s land, animals he and his family hunted or steered clear of. The movement of the animals, reflected in his work, is what inspires Wayne as he thinks nothing is more natural.

 He hasn’t had any formal training as far as art is concerned but has spent most of his working life as a welder which has given him the fabricating skills needed to create the images he dreams of.

Wayne uses Australian 316 marine grade stainless steel, a beautiful steel alloy that is durable, clean and pleasing to the eye.

There are many different aspects of his work:

  • Fine Art – Gallery pieces either wall hanging or free standing sculptures for both inside and out
  • Corporate Gifts – Artwork made to the same high standard in small to large orders to give as gifts at your next corporate occassion. These can be from the corporate gift line or designed especially and exclusively for your company
  • Awards and Trophies – ASA  have been commissioned to design and fabricate different awards over the last year. These include AIMSC, Wesfarmers, Indigenous Governance Awards, Life Education Queensland and My Pathways.
  • Functional Art- Art designed to be used in the everyday like gates, fence panels, benches, stands etc

Wayne is also available for commissioned one off pieces designed in consultation with the client.


"Recently I commissioned a steel artwork from Aboriginal Steel Art, that needed to be of cultural significance. It was to be presented to Aunty Lorraine McGee Sippel at the launch of my book 10 Hail Mary's,. that was held at Gleebooks, in Sydney. Wayne suggested the Murray Cod, as Aunty Lorraine is a Yorta Yorta woman, from the river based people of the central Murray region. Working to a very tight deadline Wayne produced a magnificent work of art, that had the audience gasping when it was presented to Aunty Lorraine. Thank you Wayne, I really appreciated you pulling out all stops to get this to me on time. I mention the Murray Cod and the artist who made it, every chance I get."

Kate Howarth.