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Davinder Hart / Meeting Place (5A)

180cm x 78cm Acrylic on Canvas



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Davinder Hart is an indigenous artist who was born in Perth, Western Australia. His family roots connect from Bibbulmun & Katanning in the south west region of the Noongar people. After turning one he grew up in Adelaide until he was eighteen.

He travelled to Ayers Rock Resort in early 2013 where he became an indigenous activities presenter showcasing his culture to the guests that arrived from around the world. Running workshops such as boomerang & spear throwing, bush tucker talks, didgeridoo playing and traditional dance.

Davinder is strongly connected to the Ngemba people in the west of New South Wales. They have provided him with identity and ownership for his culture by going out bush and practicing old traditional ways.

With knowledge passed down from his uncles and aunties he’s able to tell stories through his paintings. His paintings reveal the traditional lessons that show the morals, ethics and values as well as his own personal lessons along his cultural journey.

Since 2016 Davinder has been residing in Port Douglas, Queensland with his partner and their baby girl. Davinder has been developing successfully as an indigenous artist and his unique art has been selling both within Australia and overseas in places such as the UK, France and USA.

Davinder would like to acknowledge his uncle Waylon Boney & Grandfather Paul Gordon for their knowledge passed down.

A meeting place was crucial for aboriginal people and still is to this day. Here we can all come together as one from all over the country to share our stories, tucker, medicines, dances, songs and artefacts. Aboriginal people were known for their peacefulness. The lore was put in place for that to happen through the storytelling. We shared everything with each other and that’s why we never fought one another because there was no greed.

The curvy double-sided lines represent the invisible boundaries when we have gatherings between tribes. We don’t have straight narrow lines to cause division like you’d see in the suburbs and cities. It’s to show that there is a personal boundary when gatherings are in place but not to segregate. The curved lines depict the willingness to share space but still respect other mobs presence.

The circular symbols represent the campsites within the meeting place. Mobs from all around Australia would set their camps up during the time of the gatherings. Fires would always be burning, and other mobs would tend to pop in for yarns and build connections. Sharing knowledge was the way of our old people.

The big white dotted lines connecting the circles represent the main tracks that are being used for the gathering within their own tribe area.

The thin lines represent where the tracks were left behind from all the people who attended the gatherings at the meeting place.

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