Napolean Oui, Burnie Beans
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 bean design found on the remarkable shields unique to far north Queensland. These beans are found in large pods which grow in the rainforest canopy of far north Queensland and there can be up to 12 beans in a single pod. Traditionally the beans were rubbed together to generate heat then placed on an area where pain existed to ease muscular pain. The 'Boss' in the middle of the design ties the print to the boss found on the traditional shields of the region.