My artwork delves into the profound connection between budgies and the human experience, intertwining themes of respect, freedom, and personal interaction. One piece showcases a budgie perched on a sacred eucalyptus tree, paying homage to the local Indigenous people of the Kulin nations my community and emphasizing the importance of preserving cultural heritage.
This artwork also portrays a budgie in full flight, symbolising liberation from internal struggles and the empowerment to take charge of our own journey. It encourages viewers to embrace their dreams, spread their wings, and fearlessly pursue their aspirations. Lastly, a budgie delicately rests on my finger, capturing the essence of love and personal connection. This image represents the profound bond I share with these magnificent creatures and celebrates the beauty of human-animal relationships. Through my art, I aim to evoke contemplation and reflection, inviting viewers to explore their own connections with the natural world and the significance of respect, freedom, and personal interaction. By capturing the essence of budgies in various contexts, I hope to inspire others to appreciate their beauty and recognize the transformative power of art in our lives.
Josh Deane, an emerging award winning Indigenous artist from Melbourne, Victoria, uses his contemporary art to inspire and preserve cultural heritage. Drawing inspiration from Australia's biodiversity, his artwork captures the beauty of native flora and fauna. Through various mediums, including photography, film, and hand-painted pieces, Josh creates a multi-sensory experience for viewers. His personal journey of overcoming family violence and drug dependency fuels his motivation to transform experiences into inspiration. Josh actively engages with the Indigenous community, collaborating with brands, creating murals, and showcasing his work at events. His talent and dedication have earned him recognition, including sold-out exhibitions and collaborations with fashion week. Josh's social media excellence has also been acknowledged as a Kinaway award winner, allowing him to connect with a wider audience. He believes in the power of art to bring about positive change and empower others. Through his work, he represents diversity and amplifies the voices of marginalized communities. Josh Deane is an artist who uses his talent to inspire, preserve culture, and create a better future.