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Paddy

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The process of creating this painting placed me in the footprints of gummi (granddad) and I’d learnt through conversations with my father the hard times they’d endured of dad walking beaches looking for left-over food or taking his little gun up in the mountains to catch a bush turkey for the family at an early age was the norm. From stories passed down granddad sat with his brother Donald Brady in Brisbane which was a powerful ceremony for those present to see 2 old brothers crying on each other’s shoulders. It’s the story of 2 peaceful brothers Jawi Yabba, 2 brother mountain story that’s been passed down the line to my grandchildren Wawanji and Wandiji, as that cultural spear continues it’s journey passed down from the Dreamtime, which I saw fit to paint their old ones in their old world interfacing historical streets of Proserpine.

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    My old granddad Patrick Brady was born out Charters Towers way in 1900, he joined the 1st World war in 1914 as a 14 year old then returned to service in 1917, hoping that his contribution to his country would enable a better living on his return to his country of birth. This sadly wasn’t the case as it was for many of our other dear old black soldiers. He was a great stockman, a handsome man of tall stature. He went on to marry my grandmother Ethel Solomon-Emerson, a proud Birrigubba woman and had 5 children together.  He also bared 2 twins to a previous relationship up Palm Island. He loved the Proserpine area to where he and granny Ethel had an old humpy on the hills outside of the town area where great grandmother Cora Emmerson owned property, but some underhanded deals had seen the sacred plot sold off to cane growers in the area leaving the family destitute and on the fringes of society. This impacted old granddad within his outlook and decision making regarding his family. He died of a stroke in his early 70s penniless on the main street of Proserpine. 

    The process of creating this painting placed me in the footprints of gummi (granddad) and I’d learnt through conversations with my father the hard times they’d endured of dad walking beaches looking for left-over food or taking his little gun up in the mountains to catch a bush turkey for the family at an early age was the norm. From stories passed down granddad sat with his brother Donald Brady in Brisbane which was a powerful ceremony for those present to see 2 old brothers crying on each other’s shoulders. It’s the story of 2 peaceful brothers Jawi Yabba, 2 brother mountain story that’s been passed down the line to my grandchildren Wawanji and Wandiji, as that cultural spear continues it’s journey passed down from the Dreamtime, which I saw fit to paint their old ones in their old world interfacing historical streets of Proserpine.

    *Original art size – 70cm x 50cm

    Artwork Media

    Textured Surface Sihl Masterclass 320gsm Cotton Rag

    Standard border is 3cm

    Size - Paddy

    70cm x 50cm, 30cm x 21.4cm, 42cm x 30cm, 50cm x 35.7cm, 80cm x 57.1cm, 112cm x 80cm

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