With My Old People
About the artwork and sitter
This commanding portrait is a personal reflection on the importance of Country and respect for Ancestors. Kane Brunjes has positioned himself at the front and to the side, leaving space and attention in the work for the influence and impact of ancestors and land.
He says: “This work is a viewing into how I see and walk in my existence. I am surrounded by my Ancestors, something I remind myself of regularly. Faces and figures are seen throughout the piece, these are my Old People and a reflection of who I am.
“The sight of Country highlights its brilliance, with thought to its health being of the utmost importance. The object held in my hand are balance scales. This being a representation of trying to find balance within the different aspects of our lives.”
About the artist
Kane Brunjes is a Gunggari, Kabi Kabi man and the inaugural participant in Birrunga Gallery’s 3-year Cultural Creative Residential program. Along with Art, he has a great passion for Rugby League and Boxing. He grew up in Murgon on Wakka Wakka Country and have been living here in/around Meanjin for the past 4 years.