Murray Belford

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Murray Belford

Murray is a Pitta-Pitta man from the Channel Country surrounding the Boulia district in South West Queensland.

He paints traditional and contemporary style artworks from stories that have been passed onto him by his family.  Murray’s country comes alive in all seasons and his paintings are his interpretation of country.  Murray uses bright and vivid colours in his works as that is how he sees his country.  He paints to keep his history and culture alive so that he can pass on the knowledge to his family.

Cheryl Robinson

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Cheryl Moodai Robinson is a maternal descendant of the Kooma (Gowamu) clan of SW Queensland.  She is a multi-media artist, focusing on sculptural pieces and has worked in many disciplines.  Her person artworks are created to speak of her history and culture and are based both on traditional and contemporary form.  Her multi-media background has given her the ability to work on large scale public Indigenous art, such as the Casula Powerhouse Arts centre floor project, the Mosaic Seats at Parramatta City Council, The Liverpool Library Plaza foreground, the Parramatta Ferry Wharf project and the Biripi Town Green Project for the Hastings Council all of which involved community consultation and research into local indigenous history.

Cheryl has curated art exhibitions at Casula Powerhouse including Mil-Pra AECG Annual Art Award.  She held the position of Regional Indigenous Cultural Officer for Arts Mid North Coast, has taught Aboriginal art/culture at Nindethana Penrith and was chairperson and a member of the NSW Community Arts Association in Sydney.  Along side these Cheryl has sat on many Indigenous committess including the ATSI Committee for Parramatta Council.

Lindsay Anderson

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Lindsay Anderson exhibiting with Alison Williams ‘ Peace & Respect’

Lewis John Knox

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I was born inKempseyHospital to Lewis and Joyce Knox from North St, Kempsey. I was the eldest of five children and my family lived in Sydney, Walcha and then my family came back to Kempsey. We lived at Burnt Bridge Mission for 10 years and I went to school atBurnt Bridge School. I loved to go fishing, swimming and to the picture shows with my brothers and sister. I started painting while attending KOGS in Kempsey and really enjoyed doing it, now I would like to paint some pictures of my memories with my family.

Clem Ritchie

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I’m from the Dunghutti tribe and I’ve lived in Kempsey all of my life, growing up at Burnt Bridge with my Nan and Aunty. My Father was famous boxer known as Ritchie Sands whose real name was Percy Ritchie.

I have been working with Macleay Options for thirty years, mowing with Momacs and wood work in Woodies I started painting in 2010 at Living Skills with Macleay Options as I always wanted to have a go at painting. I really enjoyed myself and painting has brought back many memories of my childhood growing up with uncles, aunties, cousins on Burnt Bridge Mission.

Nyree Reynolds

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Nyree (Ngari) Reynolds was born in 1948 in Wollongong NSW.  Nyree an Aboriginal woman of the Gamilaraay Nation is an Artist/Tutor based in Central West NSW.  She has facilitated workshops for many years for disabled adults; people with mental illness;  drug and alcohol rehabilitation; Indigenous and non Indigenous children; youth at risk; aged care facilities; local councils and public art projects with children; training the trainers through Accessible Arts, Sydney and in CDEP’s throughout NSW as well as tutoring Aboriginal offenders at Bathurst and Lithgow Correctional Centres.

Craig Smith

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Craig Smith is a Dunghutti man born 1991. Craig paints the story of the three tribes that live by the three main rivers on the mid north coast,  the Manning, Hastings & Macleay Rivers and the tribes connected to the rivers Anawan (Armidale) , Biripi (Wauchope) & Dunghutti (Kempsey).

During colonisation the land was cleared of rainforest and vegetation which has impacted on all areas.  When heavy rain falls in the catchment area of Armidale the waters rush down causing flooding, severe at times, spreading over the floodplains.

Anthony Flanders

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Anthony P Flanders
DOB: 6 May 1965

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Anthony started painting when he was 17 years old. He is inspired by two uncles, Milton budge & Robert Campbell Jnr. (decd).
Paintings relate to tucker, seafood, bush food, animals that can be eaten. Some are totems which are sacred and cannot be eaten.
Colours I like to use relate to the earth. We belong to the earth, we do not own the land.

Maningrida Arts

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Maningrida Arts & Culture (MAC), formally established in 1973, is one of the oldest Aboriginal Arts Centre in Australia. Based in Maningrida community, MAC is currently servicing more than 700 artists from Maningrida and its surrounding 34 outstations, covering an area of more than 10,000 square kilometres.

MAC has developed an enviable reputation in the fine arts market for high quality product with comprehensive cultural and biographical documentation. MAC currently organizes more than 20 commercial exhibitions per year to promote its artists. This has proven successful to provide a career path for artists and raise their profile at a national and international level. Additionally the arts centre engages in cultural maintenance activities including the production of dictionaries, music recording, preservation of the archives, supporting researchers and students, responding to the community’s request in respect of Cultural maintenance. MAC also maintains the Djomi Museum, Maningrida’s keeping place.

Bark painting, wooden and fibre sculpture, natural fibre items, since the 1970s prints, and more recently works in bronze and aluminium are created by the artists of MAC. The art of Maningrida is heterogeneous, dynamic and innovative, reflecting the diversity of languages and cultures present in the region. Many artists from MAC have won prestigious national prizes over the years such as the bark painting prize at NATSIAA in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006 and the Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award at NATSIAA in 1996, 1997 and 2004. In 2003, John Mawurndjul was the first Indigenous artist to be awarded the prestigious Clemenger Contemporary Art Prize held at the National Gallery of Victoria. Other recent achievements include the participation of John Mawurndjul in the major public art commission for the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France.

In 2004, MAC opened a retail outlet in Darwin which focuses on affordable quality artworks from the Maningrida region. Located on 32 Mitchell Street in Darwin CBD, MAC Darwin has established itself as one of the best galleries in Darwin

Rex Winston

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Rex was born in Sydney 1968 and belongs to the Gamilaraay language group.

Rex was adopted by a white family at three months of age and grew up at Nyngan, a farming community in Central West New south Wales.  Winston’s interest in his birth mother and Aboriginal heritage was sparked when he first began painting.  With the support of his adoptive parents and a government agency, he was able to locate and meet his birth mother.

Winston is a self-taught artist.  He is an established commercial contemporary artist who has undertaken numerous commissions.  Works are held in numerous private collections, including the Kerry Stokes collection.

Winston’s contemporary paintings are a unique response to his environment and landscape, expressed through an innate skill for precise dot markings.

Nudge Blacklock

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Nudge was born in Guyra in 1958.  He belongs to the Biripi/Ngarabal language group.

Nudge’s work has a strong connection to water. ‘ I try to put movement into my paintings, especially the water ones…  water is important – life cannot exist without it and also for Aboriginal people, rivers were the traditional boundaries between Aboriginal tribal lands.’

Nudge also comments that ‘not enough respect is shown to the earth – I want people to think about the importance of not polluting our waterways,  of protecting our vegetation and allowing fish passages to exist.’

Gina Varagnolo

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I am Gina Simon Varagnolo.  I live in Taree.

Art is my thinking time about my life experiences.  I grew up around Maitland and Newcastle.  Me, my partner and 3 sons moved to Taree in 2001.

I started doing aboriginal art at Taree and Great Lakes TAFE in 2002.

Russell Saunders was one of my art teachers.  I learnt a lot from Russell and teachers from Taree and Great Lakes TAFE.  They have inspired me to keep up with my paintings.

In 2009 I spent a week as Artist in Residence at the Manning Regional ArtGallery.  While there painting and talking to art gallery goers, I sold works and gained commissions for further works.

I also won a Gilli Award in Sydney 2009 with seven on the 12 categories won by north coast TAFE nominees. The purpose of the award is to celebrate and recognise the achievements of Aboriginal TAFE, NSW Staff and students who have contributed to their communities through training and education.

I completed my Diploma in Fine Art at Great Lakes Campus and Taree TAFE.

In 2010 I won the Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize held at the NewcastleUniversity.