Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. His traditional country extends along the Hawkesbury river and extends inland to the top of the Blue Mountains. Shane is an academic with Macquarie University and holds a PhD in Philosophy, and is currently studying for a DCA at UTS. Additionally he is an artist, he paints, carves and sculpts in a range of materials. He uses traditional Aboriginal symbols and designs in a contemporary style, to tell both ancient and modern stories through his works. The patterns and figures used throughout his work are traditional to the Darug people. Shane uses patterns and symbols to tell intricate stories.
Dr Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. His traditional country extends along the Hawkesbury River to the top of the Blue Mountains. Shane is an artist, writer and academic. He has a PhD in Philosophy and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Creative Arts. He advises the Australian Army on Indigenous culture. Shane is represented by Cooee Gallery in Sydney and Day Fine Art at Blackheath.
The patterns and figures used throughout Shane’s art are traditional to NSW and more specifically to Darug culture. In his hands, ancient Darug symbols are used in a contemporary way to tell both ancient and modern stories. The most significant and profound of these are associated with Wiari, Mother of All or Mother Earth, and Biari, Father of All or Father Sky, and how they came together to produce all life.
SHANE SMITHERS IS EXHIBITING AT THE AVALON