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  • Keira Long Keira Long (Wiradjuri), I'm black and I'm proud to be black (Uncle Nicky Winmar)

Keira Long (Wiradjuri), I'm black and I'm proud to be black (Uncle Nicky Winmar)

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mixed media, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2023


Here is a portrait of Uncle Nicky Winmar (Neil Elivs) of his signature photo of him pointing at himself in 1993. I have placed the silhouette of Uncle Nicky, a proud Aboriginal Noongar man, surrounded by the colors of the Aborginal flag in the background and traditional line and dotwork. This artwork symbolises the response that Uncle did towards on-field racist abuse by lifting his jersey and pointing to his chest. I hope by continuing on with the important movement Uncle has helped create of standing up against racism we can come together as one nation and respect us mob on and off the football field.


Artist Bio:

I’m Keira Long, also known as Longycreations.

I am a proud Wiradjuri and Gunai Kurni woman and practising artist. I grew in Melbourne on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung Peoples land and now living on Dja Dja Wurrung in Bendigo. I'm 19 years old and currently studying at Bendigo Tafe completing a Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts. I work with Mixed media of Markers (being Paint, Ink, Permanent) but I also work with acrylic paints. My work is mainly now about my own connection to my Country as I explore my own personal style while incorporating my own culture within my work through cultural symbols, portraiture and dot work.