My first football boot design created December, 2021
I’m proud To be a Senior Aboriginal Elder of Tasmania’s Manegin People, of the North West Nation.
My first football boot design created December, 2021
Image Descriptive Text
Imagine you are standing on a flat grassy area looking towards the ocean, to your right is a small creek and to your left is a rocky outcrop that is adjacent to large sand dunes. The outcrop (Petroglyphs) have sacred symbols carved onto them by the aboriginal people who once lived here, and these petroglyphs extend into the ocean, with many of the sacred symbols now no longer visible. Near where the petroglyphs meet the ocean, there are rock pools that the aboriginal people once used as a larder.
Manegin Messages - Framed Size 122cm x 92cm
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Sundown Point, located south of Arthur River, Tasmania is where my Manegin Ancestors lived for thousands of years, it’s here where my ancestors etched their tribal stories on the Petroglyphs. The Manegin Clan lived comfortably off the land and the sea, and cleverly used rockpools adjoining the Petroglyphs for containment and preservation of surplus seafood such as abalone and crayfish, which was retrieved and eaten during periods of need, and/or when bad weather prevented ocean diving to retrieve this important dietary resource.
The two semi-circular areas of my painting symbolically depicts these rockpools, while the multiple flaring areas within blue dotted curving lines that extend from the rockpools depict the petroglyphs which are now covered by the ocean. The central clusters of multicoloured circles symbolically depict the still visible petroglyphs and the ancient engraved messages which are mostly based upon circles.
The remaining various single coloured circular dotted areas bordered by white dotted lines forming irregular shapes symbolically represent the land, vegetation, dunes, and the adjoining Sundown Creek.
Taroona (Seashell) Dreaming - 2021
Acrylic Paints - 109cm x 83.5cm on Stretched Canvas (Framed) - Commission Only
The shapes, colours, and connecting dots symbolically represent the sand, the water, sea shells, fish and other sea life.
This painting is a reflection of the good times spent as a young child at the seaside with my family, and it’s also a tribute to my Manegin Aboriginal ancestors who lived and relied upon the sea for sustenance on our country at the Tasmanian North West Coast.
Taroona was also the name of a passenger ship that ran between Tasmania and Melbourne, I travelled to Melbourne with my mother on this ship in the mid 1950’s, so the name Taroona is a name that is embedded in my memory.
Blue Jewels - 50.5cm x 40.5cm
The background interconnected tracks form a facetted effect around the concentric circles creating a jewel like effect.
Tracks & Shapes_Purple Hue - 93.5cm x 63cm x 4cm (Commission Only)
The curving lines and shapes on my painting remind me of the great times spent at my Grandmother’s country property North of Hobart. I still remember following the wombat trails and my adventures in the nearby national park.
This painting is Inspired by my visit to Flinders Island, Tasmania, and my fruitless attempt to find the elusive so called killiecrankie diamonds. It is also a reminder of the main reason for my trip to the island, my pilgrimage to Wybalenna; to show respect, and to view first hand the final resting place of many of our Aboriginal Elders/Ancestors,
The restored Chapel, the Cemetery and remnants of the demolished accommodation areas at Wybalenna were all emotional places to visit, and I could feel the presence of our ancestors during my visit there.
The central area of my painting represents Flinders Island/Wybalenna; it forms the shape of a ships steering wheel (helm); and depicts nine diamonds, the outer central area represents the multi-coloured diamonds (topaz) that I dreamed of finding; and beyond that; is a second circular area of nine diamonds one for each of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Nations, the diamonds are deposited there by constant erosion and water flow from the Killiecrankie Mountain to the sea that separates Flinders Island from the Tasmanian mainland.
The outer circles on my painting represent the Nine Tasmanian Aboriginal Nations, and the painting perimeter depicts the oceans that surround Tasmania.
Available To Paint As A Commission
Colour Our World
In these times of doom & gloom, I produced this dot painting using many vibrant colours to help brighten up one’s day; and to hopefully lift the spirits of those who may view it.
Available to paint as a commission
At the conclusion of the Uoo Uoo Art Trail, on Saturday the 17 April, ALL 100 Uoo Uoo sculptures will come together for public viewing at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
To attend you will need to book your FREE TICKETS via the following attached link. Each session goes for 50 minutes! It’s a unique opportunity to see all the 100 Uoo Uoos together rather than following the entire trail. Whilst you’re there, you can say goodbye to my Wombat Dreaming UooUoo!
Book your session early to avoid disappointment!
Join us in farewelling all 100 UooUoos as part of Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail
The #RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail has been extended until Wednesday 7 April!
“This exciting, two and a half week extension will allow our community more time to explore the trail, immerse themselves in the spectacular designs and continue to unlock the wonderful rewards on offer. Extending the art trail into the school holidays makes it the perfect activity for kids young and old!” - RCH150 email announcement.
Pictured below is my wife Anne & Myself visiting my Wombat Dreaming UooUoo on the Art Trail!
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My Wombat Dreaming UooUoo transformation in just over 2 minutes, from the plain white UooUoo to my final masterpiece a million dots later - give or take! Sit back and enjoy! #gregmatthewspaintings #wombatdreaminguoouoo #uoouootrail #RCH150 #artmobtasmania #bluethumbart #UooUoo #meanduoouoo #fisherleadership
My Wombat Dreaming UooUoo Featured on Channel Nine Melbourne News tonight!
She looks at home at the ‘King’s Domain - Tan Track’ UooUoo number 44!
Don’t forget to tag me in your pictures @gregmatthewspaintings and upload them to this page - we look forward to seeing your beautiful smiles! The UooUoo trail is on now till March 21st!
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Attached is the information about the Me and UooUoo Trail from the HeraldSun. Download the app and head into Melbourne to start the search! The trail is open now until the 21st of March! My Wombat Dreaming UooUoo is numbered 44 and is located on the Tan Run Track in the King’s Domain - check out the attached map.
Circles & Shapes - 91cm x 61cm (contact me for price)
Reminiscent of ripples on a waterhole, I’ve created a whimsical array of blue and green dotted circles & shapes that are expanding across the canvas surface & overflowing the perimeter of the painting.
Tracks To Elderslie_2 (75cm x 60cm) - $1280.00
Childhood visits to my maternal Grandparent’s Elderslie home were happy times. Sandwiched between the Big River & Oyster Bay Nations, and located approximately 40 KM North West of Hobart, Elderslie is a beautiful part of Tasmania; and I have fond memories of the creeks, the animals, and the surrounding forest there. When thinking about Elderslie, I am reminded of my solo adventures following the wombat and animal trails into the nearby state forest. I recall the things my Grandfather taught me, the local knowledge of terrain and the bush foods he passed on to me; often guided and sustained me on my mini solo adventures into the adjoining forest.
The curving lines and shapes created on my painting represent the animal tracks, the creek, trees and vegetation, and remind me of those great childhood adventures.
Attached is a short video by Fisher Leadership and their 2020 Reflection, featuring my Wombat Dreaming UooUoo who Fisher Leadership proudly sponsored. My UooUoo is with its friends awaiting the UooUoo trail to come together next year!
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Water Trails_1 - Available on Bluethumb - $1,780.00 Acrylic Paints on Stretched Canvas Frame 75cm x 60cm x 1.8cm
Silhouetted against the evening sky; the animals are following the ancient trails to the water holes; and from the air; the eagle and kookaburra are on the lookout for a meal, a daily ritual of survival in the Australian bush.
Rings of Time - 40.5cm x 30.5cm x 1.8cm - $450 Available on Bluethumb
Reminiscent of growth rings on a tree, my painting utilises free form stick drawn circular shapes that are respectfully intended to highlight and celebrate the thousands of years of Australian Aboriginal Art.
Mother Country_2 - Available For Sale on Bluethumb - $1350.00
Acrylic Paints on a Stretched Canvas Frame - 60cm x 60cm x 1.8cm
The Australian Aboriginal people have always respected the land, animals; and its waterways; we were and remain intrinsically connected to the environment in which we live. The Aboriginal People of Australia have been the custodians of the land and waterways for thousands of years; they understood the importance of sustainability; and were aware that the land provided everything for our very existence, that’s why sustainability has always been; and remains so important to us.
The array of colours and shapes detailed on my painting symbolically represent the land that is so precious to all Aboriginal people; and on which all Australians live.
Water Holes_1 - 61cm x 51cm x 1.8cm - $690
Rain has fallen in the Australian outback, replenishing the water holes and billabongs; in a never ending cycle of drought & flood. The central areas of my painting utilise shades of blue to represent the rain, while the outer areas utilise colours that represent the earth.
Sunrise Dreaming - Approx Size = 133cm x 66cm x 4cm - $3300
Life is often a challenge; the sunrise brings a new day and new hope. The beautiful morning sky is there to remind us all of the bigger picture, that life is a gift, and that we all must embrace the moment; look after ourselves and others.
Looking optimistically to the future is a human trait; and is needed in these times of despair and unprecedented change.
My painting symbolically represents the dawn, the colours are cheerful and set the scene for a brighter future that is surely to come for all.
In Black & White
Based upon some of my previous background designs; this work was produced utilising white dots on a black background. If you look closely at the painting; circles should appear.
Blue Ripples_3 - 60cm x 60cm x 1.8cm
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