Aboriginal Thungutti Man
Sheldon Lee is a proud Aboriginal Thungutti man residing in Brisbane. He has been painting for over twenty years and combines traditional Indigenous art styles with contemporary use of colour, precise line work and detailing. His designs also hold a strong spiritual significance whilst expressing his personal stories and journey as an artist.
Salt Meets Earth
In most outback towns in Australia, Aboriginal people have not seen the ocean. This painting describes the Artist who come from coastal tribes and has grown up around the ocean, fishing and swimming. Their totems and people are represented by the blue and green circles.
They journey to the outback and meet people who have never been to the coast. These people and their landscape are represented by the earth and in the ochre circles. The story of Salt Meets Earth describes this relationship and meeting of two tribes, celebrating their differences as well as their unity as one people.
Tree of Life
The sacred trees are usually marked with stone axe or a cutting tool. They are sacred marked trees found near a water hole or near the river beds. It's a place where women give birth and conduct sacred women's ceremony, passed down from generation to generation.
The Rainbow Serpent is considered to be the ultimate creator of everything in the universe, and features in the Dreamtime stories of Indigenous Australians. It controls life's most precious resource - water, which is often associated with watercourses such as billabongs, rivers, creeks and lagoons in Dreamtime.