Lyndon Davis, Nambour local and direct descendant of the Gubbi Gubbi people, is having his efforts to keep his culture alive honoured by a fellow Sunshine Coast local.
Lyndon features alongside movie and music stars as one of the 16 portraits of Cultural Role Models that artist Jandamarra Cadd has included in his Nationally Touring Exhibition, which has been viewed by dignitaries including the Prime Minister.
“As a Sunshine Coast local for many years, I have regularly seen Lyndon performing Welcome to Country, dance and ceremony to show the local community the history and spirit of where they live,” shares Jandamarra. “He plays the Yidaki and shares stories of the ancestors with such respect and authenticity, and I feel embodies the responsibility of passing this on to his children and the community”
Beginning his project 12 months ago, the award-winning artist chose 16 National icons of the Indigenous Community and received personal permission from them or their families where the subject is now deceased.
Mr Cadd reported, “It was exciting to have the blessing of people such as Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy and Christine Anu to paint their portraits, and to have them express to me that they were really happy with how they turned out.”
The Pomona local is hoping to get as many individuals, school groups and budding local artists along to see his work while it’s here on the Coast.
“The Exhibition has been in Melbourne at four galleries and I’m really excited to have the opportunity for my own local community to see this collection of works – my personal favourite collection to date” shared Mr Cadd.
The “Past.Present.Future” Touring Exhibition will also be visiting Wondai Regional Gallery including a workshop with Jandamarra and concludes at Gympie Regional Gallery in March 2013 to allow Jandamarra to prepare for his next life project.
“This has been a massive commitment in preparation, painting and exhibiting and my wife and I have joked that it was like our first baby,” Mr Cadd shared, “but then will are having our actual first child in April next year, so the timing has been perfect, and we couldn’t be happier.”
The Exhibition runs from the 5th – 30th November at Ground Zero Gallery in Nambour (The old Ambulance Station) and opening night is Saturday 10th November @ 6:30pm.