John Murray 'Guyu'
Image size: 290 x 420mm
Paper size: 580 x 710mm
Artist: John Murray
Region: Cardwell, Far North Queensland
Artist bio: John Murray began painting in 2008 and immediately found working creatively as a positive outlet for expression and communication, hitherto impacted by his disabilities. John has developed a very keen interest in expressing his life experiences through his art. His work brings to life the pleasure he takes in fishing, camping and living in the rainforest environment, watching his favourite sports on television, his family and traditional stories.
John had his first solo show at KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns in August 2010 to coincide with the 2010 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. This exhibition has recently been selected to tour Queensland in 2012. John has work in a number of private and institutional collections including the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery and Arts Queensland.
The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, based in Cardwell, represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups, the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulgnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people.
The traditional country of these groups covers some 25,000 square kilometres, from north of Townsville, south-west to Clarke River, north to the Mission Beach area, west to Ravenshoe and east to include Hinchinbrook and the Family Group Islands.
Djumbunji Press, through collaborative printer Bobbie Ruben, delivered workshops in screen printing at the Girringun Art Centre as a means of providing practical support to the artists after many suffered devastating losses as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi. The resultant exhibition, Gijalordi, explores the local Kingfisher story.