Stories from the Studio: Warick Keen
Today STA were lucky to meet Warwick Keen inside his exhibition MINDMAPS and other fragments before it opens to the public tomorrow. The exhibition is the first to be displayed at the new home for the Southern Highlands Artisans Collective at the Old Bowral Town Hall.
Warwick has been creating Mind Maps for over 40 years. Described as a reflection of the Artist’s mind, mixed with an assortment of other objects that join together to tell an underlying story. The works contain recurring images and repeated patterns and designs that Warwick utilises to ‘glue’ the ‘maps’ together.
As an educator Warwick has delivered Aboriginal Cultural Art Programs as well as courses in mainstream Visual Arts and Fine Art disciplines, mainly with TAFE NSW.
MINDMAPS and other fragments also includes a portrait of Djon Mundine. The two being collaborators and friends. Warwick was part of the Artistic team with Djon to create the Entry Pavilion Commission mural at Ngununggula. The mural honours Eddie Gilbert, an Aboriginal fast bowler from the 1930s. It’s a moving work about a sporting legend who should be a household name. ,
Warwick works also sails Sydney harbour in the form of a Ocean Dreaming 2. The ferry is wrapped in Warwick’s design that features the names of the clan groups of the Sydney Harbour Area.
MINDMAPS and other fragments is on display until 6 March at the new SHAC in Bowral. Please have a look at the works on display at the SHAC website.
Also on display until 6 March are paintings by Sue Alison.
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Don’t miss the grand unveiling at the SHAC this Saturday 4 March at 4pm.