Robert Kelly - Wathaurong
Bob has been painting and drawing since he was a kid, before he started school. The women would be beading and weaving and handed me drawing materials and I took to it very easily. I stopped creating art when I was a teenager after being told my art would get me nowhere. It wasn't till I became a single Dad in my 40's that I started my art work again. Now you can't stop me. I started drawing illustrations for children's books and then started painting on canvas.
Bob has exhibited his work extensively within Victoria.
Daniel Kelly - Wathaurong
I only started with my art in the last couple of years. I find art has really helped me reconnect with my culture and express things that are important to me. I am very passionate about Aboriginal issues, country, family, country, family, environment and politics. The work I produce really reflects this. I grew up thinking I couldn't be an artist. I enjoy woodcarving, limestone carving and making natural jewellery particularly with local materials. I really found my confidence in a new medium when I attended a Baluk Arts ochre stencil workshop and worked closely with Andy Mac and Regin Taunmai (aka HaHa). I am currently focusing on ochre stencil and woodcarving and can create it for hours on end.
Lisa Waup (Director) - Gunditjmara
Lisa Waup is an Indigenous artist who has studied at various institutes in Melbourne and Papua New Guinea and gained degrees in Advanced Certificate in Art and Design and a Bachelor of Arts at RMIT. Lisa works in printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture. She has also lectured in photograpghy and printmaking at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitons.
Patsy Smith – Taungurung
Patsy has exhibited her contemporary photography work in the Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography Exhibition Melbourne, Art Melbourne 08 at the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings, the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Gumbri-White Dove exhibition at City of Darebin ATSI Art Award. She is a Board Member of Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and has recently graduated Certificate IV Business (Governance) at Swinburne TAFE. Patsy won the 2009 NAIDOC Artist of the Year for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.
Robert Austin - Wotjabaluk
Robert was adopted at a very early age and is reconnecting with his Aboriginal heritage. Rob has been painting and experimenting with different mediums for the past 15 years. Rob is also employed at Baluk Arts as the Administration Assistant.
Nick Kupetsky – Pyemmairrener
Nick has been an artist for over 20 years. His works have been exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria. Nick is currently exploring the symbols and stories of his Tasmanian ancestors through works on paper and charcoal drawings on canvas.