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Glen Innes Highlands has several noted Aboriginal artists including Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, Nicholas (Nick) Levy and Adele Chapman-Burgess.
They are among some of the local artisans who are helping to keep the Aboriginal Culture alive through their artistic expression and traditional creative skills.
Dot work, traditional lines and a fusion with contemporary painting techniques make Nick Levy’s artwork come to life. The bold and bright colour choices, and the rich, thick textural contrast tell a story.
Nick has been exhibiting since 2009 in galleries around New England. In 2011 he exhibited in galleries around Japan.
Nick says “I always have a story to tell – whether it’s about old stories with new takes on them, or general life. In essence, I want to tell stories that can be passed down through the generations. Sometimes, you just paint from the heart. There might be something that you just want to do, but generally, there’s always a story there – sometimes you just need to take a closer look at it.”
“Over the years, the Aboriginal people have evolved through their artworks and with the current way things are, our lives are different now. I think that our stories and our art will relate to what we do now, without losing too many traditions and laws. It’s important to remember to know where you came from, but it’s just as important to live in the now and be ready for the future.”
Adele Chapman-Burgess describes herself as someone who enjoys ‘dabbling’ in paint and amateur photography.
She is a teacher-elder of the Ngarrabul Language Group of the Gomaroi Nation.
Adele has a range of handpainted products in the Visitor Information Centre so make sure you pop in when you get to town to see her delicate works in person.
Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, an internationally acclaimed artist, has opened the Gawura Gallery on the New England Highway.
For the past 15 years working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists has been a constant theme of Lloyd's and it is this philosophy that underpins the gallery’s exhibition theme.
The Gallery, which also provides a cafe and unique workshops and master classes, offers contemporary artworks from local, interstate and international Artists. The modern gallery exhibits a range of works from established and emerging Indigenous artists, including Fine Arts.
Exhibitions change every 6 weeks with new and exciting works on display.
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