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"Two Cultures, One Soul: Work by John Weeronga Bartoo"
2008-07-02 until 2008-08-03
Toowoomba Regional Gallery
"Two Cultures, One Soul" atToowoomba Regional Gallery running from July 2 - August 3, 2008, is the first solo exhibition by Australian Aboriginal Artist John Weeronga Bartoo in eighteen months. Invitees to the opening on July 5 will be able to view the exhibition to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo while savouring some bush foods. John, a self taught artist takes us on his journey over the past five and a half years in "search of himself." Raised and educated in a European lifestyle with no connection to his Aboriginal culture or community, it was in late 2002 while recovering from illness that he felt an urge to paint. He started painting in February 2003 and a few months later won the first art competition he entered. John Weeronga Bartoo has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2007.
For this exhibition John has brought together 40 paintings that tell stories of his interpretations of the Dreamtime stories, stories of his life and that of his family.
John's art is normally to be found on the international stage in Italy, New York City, Germany, Hong Kong & Turkey. He exhibits with members of the Italy based Trevisan International Art & The Ferrara Collective. His name often appears as the only Australian painter to win awards in international art competitions, in 2008 he was selected in the 2008 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition in New York and is a finalist in the Palm Art Award in Leipzig, Germany.
View more of John Weeronga Bartoo's work in his Portfolio at absolutearts.com http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/j/johnweerongabartoo/
Artist: John Weeronga Bartoo
Title: The First Corroboree
Year Created: 2008
Medium: Painting Acrylic
Width: 123 cm
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