Fri 28 Oct 2022 - Sun 5 Mar 2023
- Community Galleries, La Perouse Museum
- 1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW 2036
The Museum is delighted to showcase the paintings and artworks of self-taught Aboriginal artist Craig Shepherd.
- Free Entry
Craig Shepherd's art is unique and extraordinary. Born and living in La Perouse, Craig’s paintings vividly bring alive the rich and layered past of this area, adding colour and breathing life into well-known historical vistas of La Perouse.
In his own words:
“I am a 49-year-old Aboriginal man who was born in 1973. I was raised and still live in the La Perouse Aboriginal community.
My paintings of old La Perouse were inspired by the stories from my mother and family. Mum was born in the 1950s and like myself, was raised and still lives in the La Perouse Aboriginal community. Whenever I saw old photographs of La Perouse, they were in black and white (I got nothing against black and white photos), but it basically told me a black and white story of La Perouse. I decided (with the help of Mum’s memory) to paint the old La Perouse in colour. “Why?” you may ask. Well, to see what my Mother, my Aunt and my people from her generation would have seen and how they would have seen it. I am looking at La Perouse through my Mother’s eyes.
I hope that my paintings of the history and the stories of La Perouse will be shared and passed on to our future generations.”
All artworks are for sale.
Image: 1960s Beach Time At La Perouse, by Craig Shepherd, 2022