Eye for tradition means Jandamarra brushes with culture
POMONA artist Jandamarra Cadd is in line for Visual Artist of the Year at this year's Deadlys.
The Deadlys' vision is to showcase the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This is the second time Jandamarra has been up for top gong.
"I was a finalist in 2011 as well and the experience of being among so many amazing people of our mob in the Opera House was humbling and awe-inspiring," he said.
Jandamarra, a Yorta Yorta man with an art career spanning 25 years, began visually documenting stories from his tribal area and has evolved to become primarily a portrait artist.
He uses a variety of styles and mediums, favouring oil on canvas, and uses his art to express messages of unity and unconditional love.
In the past 12 months, Jandamarra has toured the first ever portrait exhibition of entirely Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models. This exhibition was born out of a desire to bring pride to indigenous people and deeper awareness of indigenous people. It was exhibited in eight galleries throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria and Queensland and included subjects such as Jessica Mauboy, Christine Anu, William Cooper, Sir Doug Nichols and Archie Roach and the late Ruby Hunter. It was also exhibited on the Coast. In the Sunshine Coast community, Jandamarra is often sought for mentoring projects, workshops and community events.
Recently, he spoke at the inaugural TEDxNoosa where he shared about how as a society we can learn much from indigenous culture about sustainability and living in harmony as a society.
He continues to exhibit and paint and is now working towards his next solo exhibition, Ceremony, which is aimed at keeping valuable culture alive.
The 19th annual Deadlys will be held at the Sydney Opera House in September.