Turn­ing dark­ness into 3D

In­dige­nous artist show­cased at Caloun­dra Events Cen­tre

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IT’S been a chal­leng­ing road for in­dige­nous artist Trumby Troy Free­man.

But a life plagued with ex­treme ob­sta­cles was one which gave him the drive to pur­sue his love of art.

His most pow­er­ful paint­ing, ti­tled My Story, takes view­ers on a jour­ney through the im­mense strug­gles Mr Free­man has ex­pe­ri­enced.

“The pur­ple-red and blue at bot­tom rep­re­sents my birth,” he said.

“Fol­lowed by the child ser­vices tak­ing me away from my fam­ily.

“I then spent the night un­der the stars.”

Be­fore the age of nine, Mr Free­man went in and out of more than 65 foster homes.

“I then found an in­dige­nous com­mu­nity be­fore fall­ing back into the sys­tem when I was be­tween the ages of 10 and 13,” he said.

“It fin­ishes back in my home town.”

Now Caloun­dra’s Events Cen­tre has agreed to show­case the art, in an ef­fort to in­crease their work pro­mot­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Mr Free­man is one of the first in­dige­nous artists show­cased in the cen­tre and his in­spir­ing life story makes it all the more spe­cial.

He said art for him was al­ways some­thing which re­lieved him from his hard­ships.

“I can re­mem­ber when I was younger, my Pop tried to teach me to paint un­til he re­alised I had a dif­fer­ent way of learn­ing,” he said.

“For me it was a way of stop­ping my de­pres­sion get­ting on top of me.”

The art­work is even more spec­tac­u­lar, of­fer­ing a 3D per­spec­tive to its view­ers.

“The paint­ing was all done with a skewer – the paintbrush only touched it once,” Mr Free­man said.

“It was painted free­hand with straight acrylics.”

Events Cen­tre board mem­ber Don Smith said, when he first looked at the paint­ing, it “blew him away”.

“It had a spir­i­tual ef­fect on me be­cause I am an in­dige­nous Maori,” he said.

In rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, the Events Cen­tre will hold an in­dige­nous en­ter­tain­ment evening on De­cem­ber 10. Visit www.theevents­cen­tre.com.au.

For me it was a way of stop­ping my de­pres­sion get­ting on top of me.

— Mr Free­man

PHOTO: PATRICK WOODS

DREAMS COME TRUE: In­dige­nous artist Trumby Troy Free­man has a unique tal­ent for paint­ing in 3D. The Caloun­dra Events Cen­tre will be sup­port­ing his work by dis­play­ing it in one of their con­fer­ence rooms.

PHOTO: PATRICK WOODS

GOOD FOR THE SOUL: In­dige­nous artist Trumby Troy Free­man show­cases his work at the Events Cen­tre.

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