Photo: Jason's artwork on display in Coastline's Art Hub, located within the Community Hub at 26 Smith Street, Kempsey.
We'd like to welcome Jason Ridgeway to our Art Hub to celebrate NAIDOC week. This new initiative is 100% free of charge, with all proceeds returned directly to the artist. Find out more here: https://www.coastline.com.au/community/art-hub/
To help us celebrate NAIDOC week this year, we are featuring Jason Ridgeway. He is a proud Dunghutti man. He was born and raised in Kempsey. He started painting about 8 years ago. “I was inspired by my surroundings and by the stories I was told by my elders and by my family”.
Jason is a contemporary artist and likes to paint his experiences through life, what it has taught him and also about both traditional and present times. “I cherish my culture. Every chance I get I like to get out and learn about the land and pick up on my culture and family history so that one day I will be able to pass it on to my children”. Jason says “I love painting – it eases my mind when I think too much about life and what’s going on around me. It is soothing and a way to escape reality for hours at a time: it’s great to set the mind free and start feeling good about yourself again.
I take great pride in my work and in being an Aboriginal man. I love what I can create and being able to tell stories through my art is an awesome feeling.”
Jason has on display a range of his art, but also paints on other media like chopping boards and surfboards also available for purchase at our Central Kempsey Coastline store. Jason is available to do to commissioned work.
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