Murals brighten school
INDIGENOUS artist Arthur Conlon made a memorable impression on Mundubbera State P-10 school buildings, as well as on students from Years 5 to 9.
After consulting with staff and students, Mr Conlon drew the outlines of murals, which incorporated not only Aboriginal art but also Tongan elements, and the footprints that symbolised Mundubbera moving forward.
Under his guidance, students added colour and watched their creations add life and brightness to the manual arts building.
Mr Conlon is a 47-year-old artist from the Wakka Wakka/ Kullilla tribe, who was born in Cherbourg and grew up in the South Burnett.
He is one of 14 children and a member of a much larger extended family.
When he was nine, he began to learn artistic skills from his uncles.
After spending some years at a teacher aide and later serving in the army, Mr Conlon established his own business as an Aboriginal artist in 1990.
He sells his work to shops across the world but his main interest lies in teaching Aboriginal art in schools.
“Students enjoyed this opportunity to work as an artistic team with the wonderful result being a great reminder of this creative activity,” principal Peter Townsend said.
HAPPY PLACE: Grace Townsend loves the murals created by Arthur Conlon and Mundubbera State School students.