Indigenous art at Ceramic Break

June 5, 2014

On Sunday June 8, from 12-5pm, Ceramic Break Sculpture Park will continue its tradition of commemorating the Myall Creek Memorial with a show by two fabulous artists, Lloyd Hornsby Gawura who is a Koori descendent of the Yuin people in NSW and young Kamilaroi artist, Nick Levy.

People are encouraged to go to the Myall Creek Memorial and afterwards come to Ceramic Break Sculpture Park to enjoy the art exhibition. For more information please call 6729 4147.

Ceramic Break is excited to welcome highly accomplished artist Lloyd Hornsby Gawura in his first show here titled ‘Me and my Country’. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Wendy and shares his painting time with travelling to promote his culture and connect with indigenous youth using stories and art to connect them with their culture.

Lloyd works in many areas within the Arts field and has had many highly successful exhibitions. The list of his art and community involvement is extensive; he paints, talks, judges, selects and in 2011 was chosen as Indigenous Designer for Queensland Rail to work on refurbishing Metropolitan Railway stations and by invitation from BHP, Lloyd has set up programs for indigenous youth in far NW Queensland.

Lloyd completed a Bachelor of Indigenous and Contemporary Art while running his own landscaping business. He never paints on location; he uses observation and knowledge as a basis for his finished paintings. His artwork comes together using the traditional dot technique used widely by northern indigenous artists. His strong knowledge of sketching and drawing is evident in the detail with his bold use of colour to finish the experience.

Lloyd believes we all need to know our origins if possible, “We need to know our history; we are people of our generation…we have to acknowledge the complexities of our generation-our status and our connections.” When asked what inspires him, Lloyd replied “the blood that runs through my veins.”

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park is delighted to welcome back Nick Levy, who’s last show here in 2012 was almost a sellout! Nick loves painting animals and his show ‘Coastal Creatures’ is an exploration of his connection with the animals and reefs of the coastal areas of his country.

Born in Glen Innes Nick has lived and worked in Armidale for the last eight years where he met and recently married his wife, Mel. Together they have three boys, seven year old twins and a six month old baby. He lives a busy life, family man, working full time, completing painting commissions and further developing his art.

In the last two years Nick says he has narrowed down his style of painting to a more contemporary approach, which combines traditional design, colours and animals. He has had a number of small shows, but his latest, near sell out show finished last week at the Keeping Place in Armidale.

Doors open at midday and entry is by gold coin donation. There will be food and refreshments. For those who remember to bring their own cutlery or utensils to recycle, the excellent Green Prize Raffle is on again; just fill in your name and you may win one of the beautiful plants to take home.

The exhibition runs through until July.