Bundjalung, Yuggera and a Bidjara man
Steven Bekue was born and raised on the Gold Coast, where he now raises his own family.
“Being a Saltwater man and growing up on the coastal lands of the Bundjalung Nation, I always feel the spiritual connection to the saltwater, and it gives me healing when I’m close to it.
What inspired me to begin painting was watching my family members create amazing pieces of Indigenous artwork and I always had a passion for art.
My love for art wasn't only because of the strong passion for my Aboriginal culture, it also gives me healing and coping mechanisms to express myself through my artwork. It makes me so happy to be able to teach people about our culture, keeping it strong and alive.”
“The artwork represents showing love and respect to all the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and father figures in our lives and appreciating everything they do for us.
As fathers it’s important to be present and set an example to be the best role models we can to help guide and mould our jarjums (children) on their journey through the early stages of their life into adulthood, teaching them respect, love, appreciation and helping them to find the best version of themselves.
To all the fathers and father figures doing an amazing job you are appreciated.”