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Ephraim Whap

9th Feb 1973

Ephraim Whap, Kubin Village, Mua Island, Torres Strait Artist

Born:            Thursday Island Hospital.
Resides:       Kubin Village, Moa Island Torres Strait Islands
Dance:          Kigu Dancers
Wind:            Sagerr           
Clan:             Dhangal (Dugong)
Language:    Creole
Art Centre:    Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts, Moa Island


  • Lino-cut,  carving pearl shell, painting on paper and jewellery.


  • 2010:    Gab Titui Torres Strait Island Art Awards – Highly commended


“What I love about art is the passion for it. Back in the school days I loved by the pound. It really inspired me. It didn’t occur to me that there were so many elements and principle involved. It was the true meaning on making/creating artworks.”

“In 2008 I moved to  Kubin Village on Moa Island and starting working for CDEP.  I started getting some training as an artist.  Since then I got the whole idea about the elements to it, drawing structure.  Ever since then, art got me back on track in my personal life. I am doing carving, painting, lino-cut and jewellery.  So yes, I love doing artwork and crafts. Professionally doing what I do best.”