I was very lucky to get a start in art while doing a Nyerna Studies BA; working closely with a local elder on an eight panel mosaic mural of the rainbow serpent and animal icons entitled Wolumbarra. I had building trade experience and did a lot of art when young; I greatly enjoyed working with tiles and discovered some proficiency. Soon after I had a serious car accident and doing mosaic played a key role in my recovery; since then I have continued to explore the subject matter in Wolumbarra with all my work – the traditional understandings of the land.
This led me to go bush with the aim of doing instinctive representations of country – camp, walk around; start work and see what comes out. Hard work but a great way to do art; the results are good and there is much learning and adventure. For some years I have been going to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges; still wild country that is stunningly beautiful on many levels. There I collect many colours of ochre and slate, time honoured materials which I now use exclusively. I love the land, I love art… it all comes together out bush.
Go Bush visual artworks will be on display throughout the Fringe at the Red Hill Hotel. Tony also speaks about his practice at the Fringe Hub on Sat 21 March at 5pm.