Turning darkness into 3D
Indigenous artist showcased at Caloundra Events Centre
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
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.
GOOD FOR THE SOUL: Indigenous artist Trumby Troy Freeman showcases his work at the Events Centre.