Arone Meeks 'Star ark'
Linocut printed in black ink from one block
Edition of 50, 2008
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking
Image size: 300 x 150 mm
Paper size: 560 x 380 mm
Paper: Arches BFK 290gsm cotton, (France)
Ink: Van Son (Holland)
Printed by Theo Tremblay, Carolyn Craig
Arone Meeks, born 1957, is a Kuku Midigi man, currently residing in Cairns. Meeks grew up near El Arish, FNQ, although his country is the area around Laura, Cape York. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the City Art Institute in Sydney in 1984 and has forged an impressive national and international career since. Meeks's practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing and public art commissions as well as linoprints, etchings and monoprints. His work appears in many national and international collections, both public and private.
Artwork story: In this work an ancestor figure is pictured in a bark canoe, navigating using paperbark as a sail and using the stars and his song breath to guide through the waters and create safe passage. As he travels he is singing up country and creating special places as he goes.
Photography: David Campbell.