Tuesday, 17th October 2017
The very talented Dean Rotumah and his team are currently working with Childs Vision and have just started an Aboriginal Art project and Employment program!
Childs Vision run these projects to encourage and assist those requiring some help and loved being able to donate to this project for these upcoming artists to purchase the materials required, help teach their own people how to learn more about this amazing art and most important to see them do what they love, while providing the community with some amazing indigenous art in the very near future.
These classes will assist in training Dean’s new team of approx 12 artists, while preparing them to create, paint and sell their own art to local tourists on the Gold Coast especially over the summer holidays tourist rush we see here every year at surfers paradise.
Childs Vision chose Dean as the teacher of this project due to his lifelong commitment in painting and selling Aboriginal art in the nth NSW and South Qld regions.
Please be sure to stop, take a look at their work and support their amazing work if you see the team around the Coast.
Some fun facts about Dean and what he does- You can find more on his own website – http://deanrotumah.com/
Aboriginal Artist Dean Rotumah belongs to a clan of people, from Fingal Heads NSW, known as the Booningbah people or “Echidna people”,… which are a part of the Bundjalung nation (meaning the place of butterflies), whose area stretches from Grafton NSW in the south, to Beaudesert Qld in the west, to Coomera Qld in the north. His ancestors have lived on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, for over 40,000 years and Dean still resides within that district today…
In his childhood Dean grew up in a predominately Aboriginal community and still maintains a presence in that community today. At the age of 14, he left school and started an apprenticeship as a house painter, which he completed by the age of 19.
Dean grew up on the beaches of Fingal Heads where he learnt to ride surfboards and became extremely accomplished. The sport of surfing took over most of his life.
Dean has always been influenced by his Indigenous culture and the sea and many of his surfboards had contemporary artwork on them which further involved him in learning more about his cultural heritage through art and thereby honing his skills as a noted Aboriginal contemporary artist.
He now resides on the beautiful southern Gold Coast region, doing what he enjoys the most…painting Aboriginal contemporary artworks for the tourism trade, commissioning and also the export market, and in his spare time…surfing.