Sunbury based artist John Secombe is a Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Djawurunwang traditional owner from the Wimmera Mallee, Halls Gap region. John’s art practice encompasses visual arts, Aboriginal dance performance and playing the didgeridoo. He also has a particular interest in youth and sports program development.

His multiple talents have opened up opportunities to represent his culture, including dancing for Nelson Mandela when he visited Australia in 1990 and travelling to South Africa the following year to represent his country Gunditjmara, Jardwadjali and Djawurunwang people in an Aboriginal football team.

The exhibition of his recent paintings and drawings tell stories of his ancestral country of Gariwerd in the Grampians area of Western Victoria. It includes pieces by John’s mother Titta Secombe, an artist herself who continues the timeless custom of making possum skin cloaks. As mother and son they communicate through their art work. Together they bounce off each other to make their artwork, as they have always done in art, life and travel.

Earlier this year John had a terrible accident leading up to his exhibition which has caused him to be wheelchair bound. This has not stopped him from pushing forward and building up his strength to be back home with his family. John’s rehabilitation is ongoing and will continue to improve over time, just like his artwork.

This exhibition was presented at Sunbury Gallery earlier in 2021 but was disrupted due to lockdown.

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Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery - Craigieburn Global Learning Centre
(75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn 3064)
Town Hall Gallery - Town Hall Broadmeadows
(10 Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows 3047)
Sunbury Gallery - Sunbury Global Learning Centre
(44 Macedon St, Sunbury 3429)
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(image credit: Lemur Monkey Daydreaming, 2019)

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