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Signature Art Logo Story

Signature Art logo Story

The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc’s signature art ‘logo’ Title:
Ancient Dreaming, Tomorrow’s Vision
(85cm x 100cm acrylic on canvas)
Artist: Jandamarra Cadd Jandamarra’s story of the artwork

“Within this painting is the depiction of Mt Coolum, Mt Ninderry, Maroochy River and the Ocean at Coolum Beach surrounded by the natural bushland as to show the relationship and cycles of life that have been ongoing for millions of years. This painting is done entirely of dots and, as much as it is the dots that create the form, we see with our eyes it is the spaces between these dots that speak volumes about our creative, visionary influences and of our origins that are interwoven into the fabric of our connection to Mother Nature, our community, our family and a spiritual affinity that holds all these things together. The dot work in the mountain range symbolises the gatherings and ceremonies that have been occurring here for tens of thousands of years. It also represents meeting place and how the old and new custodians of this land today are coming together to continue celebration of our connection to country, community, family and a spiritual affinity that bind all these fundamentals together.

As the ocean spray from the surf rises into the clouds and precipitates in the mountains and flows into the river and back to the ocean for the process to begin again.. We hold the potential to see the value that this not only holds for us but for every proceeding generation to come. And as we play an integral part in maintaining this timeless natural creative homeostasis, we invite others locally, nationally and internationally to come and share and celebrate. This constant renewal and flow of life that reminds us of the part we play in keeping our environment clean and sacred. As the visionaries and dreamers come to gather in this special Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi land, the ancient wisdom and dreams of the landmarks will be the foundation for our future.”

This artwork was commissioned by the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc as our signature art ‘logo’ for this iconic inaugural and annual festival. Jandamarra Cadd’s artwork was funded by the Sunshine Coast Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program. Hearty thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s RADF grants officer Saffron Drew for her guidance and support.

Jandamarra Cadd (b. 1973) is an award-winning Aboriginal Artist with his origins being the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung People in Victoria. He was introduced to painting at the age of 15 and credits this tool of expression as his survival from a challenging childhood treated as a second-class citizen in his own land. Jandamarra uses a variety of styles and mediums, favouring oil on canvas, with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with a contemporary and inventive portraiture. Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and storytelling of the universal truth of connection. In many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for the oppressed and minorities. His focus is to use portraiture in a way to allow the viewer a glimpse into the depths of humanity and the expansive expression of the individual soul.

Jandamarra was a finalist in the Australia’s prestigious 2014 Archibald Prize portraiture awards and is an entrant in this year’s award which is announced in July (2016). His other awards include: *Finalist for Indigenous Artist of the Year - The Deadly Awards 2013 *Finalist for Indigenous Artist of the Year - The Deadly Awards 2011 *Que Sera Sera Exhibition (Toowoomba) - People's Choice Award 2010 *Wondai Art Gallery Through Our Eyes - Collaborative exhibition People's Choice Award 2008 *National Art Award (Canberra) - Drawn Together Indigenous Employees Award 2007 *Arts Spectacular Competition - Highly Recommended 2007 *Faces of Arranounbi, Redcliffe Cultural Centre - The People's Choice Award 2005 View Jandamarra’s work at http://jandamarrasart.com