Beau Pennefather Motlop
I was born in Auckland, Aotearoa (New Zealand) but moved to Gimuy (Cairns), Far North Queensland when I was eight years old.
My background includes Aboriginal from the Jirrbal tribe of the Surrounding Gimuy and Hinterland region, ZENADTH KES (Torres strait Islands) descendance from the Wagedoegam Koedal (Crocodile) clan of Mabuiag Island as well as Ngapuhi from Aotearoa. My Torres Strait Island Totems are the Crocodile, Snake, Stonefish and Remora. My Aboriginal Totem is the Dingo.
2006 is when I started to take my art practice seriously and began experimenting with various mediums including pencil, pastels and acrylic paint I also do digital artwork.
I create depth and dimensions with colours, shadows and size differences, I use an abundance of detail and intricate patterns, but I also like to balance out my artwork with emptiness and quiet.
My motifs and circular patterns are a unique combination drawn from my three Indigenous heritages. My inspiration definitely comes from my proud and rich Indigenous descendance as well as our beautiful tropical rainforest surroundings and our amazing animals
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