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Justin Ronberg Japarula / Goanna and Waterholes (6B)

55cm x 25cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: JR143

$210.00

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Justin was born in Alice Springs and spent his youth in the Northern Territory and the central desert regions of Australia where he was encourage by his family to pursue his artistic talents. Justin’s father is Bunna Lawrie, a member of the international band Coloured Stone, his country is the Nullarbor coastal areas of the Great Australian Bight. Justin’s mother is Emily Anne Ronberg of the Luritja-Arrente tribe of the central desert, NT.

From an early age Justin was inspired by the mesmerising sounds of the didgeridoo and is now an accomplished didgeridoo performer and teacher. He has also toured with Australian bands Coloured Stone, Desert Sea Band and Rhythm Stick as well as lending his didgeridoo talents to many Australian artists CD’s. As the eldest son and grandson, Justin felt it was important that he learn and pass on the stories of his country and his people and as such, follows his Grandfather’s Law and is an initiated man. Justin’s artworks paint a strong sense of connection with the his country. His creations are earthy, vibrant and full of life. The sounds and visions of the Australian landscape are expressed through his unique style of painting. This creative expression reflects his ongoing artistic journey to promote his cultural heritage.

The animals and reptiles that Justin paints in his artworks are totemic spirits and the Central / Western Desert Aboriginal artists paint their Dreamings to honour their ancestral spirits. Justin has painted his land just after the rain, with the green grass emerging through the desert terrain. The goanna has found a waterhole and is taking the opportunity for a much needed drink. The “star bursts” represent the Spinifex which is found throughout Justin’s desert country and the small roundels are the wildflowers that emerge in a burst of colour from late July to early September.

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