RIS­ING STAR OF VIS­UAL ARTS

IN­SPIR­ING ABO­RIG­I­NAL ARTIST USES HIS UNIQUE SKILLS TO BE A PEACE­FUL VOICE FOR UNITY

Life & Style Weekend - - ART - WORDS: TONY GILL Tony Gill is co-direc­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for 25 years.

Con­tin­u­ing our se­ries of sto­ries about Sun­shine Coast artists we look at Jan­damarra Cadd. With NAIDOC Week in full swing and the 2019 Sun­shine Coast Art Prize start­ing later this month, Jan­damarra Cadd is one of our ris­ing stars of the Sun­shine Coast vis­ual art world.

Cadd is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung de­scen­dent, and is an in­spi­ra­tional man with many sto­ries to tell.

With his vi­brant and ex­pres­sive por­trai­tures, Jan­damarra’s art­work is emo­tive and in­sight­ful – and is a pow­er­ful medium to bridge the sto­ry­telling di­vide be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal and main­stream Aus­tralia.

Paint­ing has been a way of life that has en­abled him to ex­press his cre­ativ­ity and sto­ry­telling and in many of his paint­ings of the hu­man con­di­tion, he seeks to be a peace­ful voice for unity.

Cadd uses a va­ri­ety of styles and medi­ums; with his unique blend of tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal art tech­niques along with his own sig­na­ture con­tem­po­rary por­trai­ture.

Cadd is a fi­nal­ist in this year’s Sun­shine Coast Art Prize and has been a fi­nal­ist in many ma­jor por­trait art prizes within Aus­tralia in­clud­ing the Archibald Prize in 2014.

You can find out more about Jan­damarra and his art at www.jan­damar­rasart.com.

Visit www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery trail.com.au for more.

Gallery snip­pets

But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre - Cooroy

Hear my Voice : First Na­tions Artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates : Un­til July 23

Hear my Voice is an ex­hi­bi­tion of lo­cal in­dige­nous Aus­tralian artists to co­in­cide with NAIDOC week. With am­bas­sador and ex­hibit­ing artist Jan­damarra Cadd along­side Paul Cal­cott and Lyn­don Davis this ex­hi­bi­tion is about show­cas­ing our es­tab­lished and emerg­ing First Na­tion artists re­sid­ing here on Gubbi Gubbi, Kabi Kabi Coun­try.

Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery

Be­ing Hu­man : Bianca Beet­son

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til July 21

Be­ing Hu­man is an ex­hi­bi­tion of re­cent pho­to­graphic works by Kabi Kabi artist Bianca Beet­son which ex­plore notions of iden­tity. A cul­mi­na­tion of seven years of re­search ex­plor­ing Abo­rig­i­nal iden­tity through the medium of self-por­trai­ture, Beet­son has used smart­phone tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate all the pho­to­graphic works in this show. Marochy­dore Li­brary Artspace Con­nect­ed­ness to Coun­try : Jini­bara & Kabi Kabi artists

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til Au­gust 10

Caloun­dra Re­gional Gallery & Sun­shine Coast Li­braries present the next ex­hi­bi­tion for the Ma­roochy­dore Li­brary Artspace. To co­in­cide with and cel­e­brate NAIDOC week, a se­lec­tion of works will be on dis­play by Jini­bara artist Ja­son Mur­phy & Kabi-kabi First Na­tion artist Hope O’chin.

PHO­TOS: COUR­TESY OF ARTISTS

NAIDOC WEEK: Artist Jan­damarra Cadd with Min­dari's Dream­ing . LEFT: Shar­ing by Jan­damarra Cadd. BOT­TOM LEFT: Bianca Beet­son's Fri­day 3 live. BOT­TOM RIGHT: Ja­son Mur­phy's Yalam Mowar.

ARTS SCENE: SEE MORE ON THE RE­GIONAL ARTS SCENE AT WWW.SUNSHINECO­ASTARTGALL­ERYTRAIL.COM.AU

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