Napolean Oui, Boomerangs
Artist's statement: My country is Djabugay and i have worked for over 10 years as a cultural performer presenter and educator at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns. It is my strong connection to the traditional culture that inspires my paintings. The traditional rainforest shields incorporate bold designs which are truly unique, found only in the rainforest region of FNQ and unlike any other Aboriginal art. It is these designs that inspire my contemorary interpretation onto canvas. I express our connection to living things and the land in the designs using strong ochre colours highlighted by black outlines as found traditionally on shields. It is my hope to show this unique and little known Indigenous traditional style to the world. I am also a member of the Aboriginal Rainforest Art Group (ARAG) which is a group of like minded artists drawing inspiration from our traditional art.
Artwork story: This design is my interpretation of the traditional designs found on the remarkable shields unique to far north Queensland. Boomerangs were significant in both a practical way and in a spiritual sense due to their connections to dreaming stories of the region. The 'Boss' in the middle ties the print to the boss found on the traditional shields of the region.