Ron Kelly-Peter

Ron Kelly-Peter

Ron Kelly Peter

Clan: Kokkoberra/ Walik
Language: Creole
Community: Umagico

I am an Australian Aboriginal from the Northern Peninsula community Umagico. I have practiced art all my life, it was my favourite subject in school and is still my favourite thing to do. It is a part of me, a part of my culture and it’s a way for me to practice my culture and keep it alive and strong.
Our culture is not just our art and dance, it’s our way of life, as art is my way of life. My art reflects my heritage and the traditions we keep alive, such as hunting. I love to hunt. I think this has greatly influenced my art work, as I love to show Australiananimals, especially the ones that we eat. It’s very easy for me to paint, I was never taught to be artistic, I taught myself. I make up my own techniques to get the patterns and textures I want, because it’s an expression of who I am.

Though I feel like I am definitely influenced by the people around me, and the place I live in. I listen to the stories told by our people and I see how we live, and how the land live too. I don’t really like to have too much of a story behind my
paintings, there is no underlying moral, I just paint our home, our culture and our life here.