Arone Raymond Meeks was born in 1957 at Laura in Far North Queensland. This is his traditional country. He is a Kuku Midigi man, currently living in Cairns. We currently offer paintings by Arone Meeks in the Paintings Gallery and limited edition prints in the Prints Gallery.
He has had both a traditional and formal education, having been taught by his grandfather and other relatives before going to study at the City Art Institute in Sydney. He later returned to Queensland to study with various tribal elders, including those of the Lardil people of Mornington Island.
Meeks values this combination of training and experience; his work employs both traditional images and themes arising out of his concern with the issue of land rights.
A former member of the Boomalli urban Aboriginal artist’s co-operative, he won an Australia Council fellowship to study in Paris in 1989 and went on to exhibit throughout Europe and North and South America.
Arone produces paintings, sculpture and prints that express a passion for country, spirituality, sexuality and politics.
His path is one that redefines his connections through art mediums. The spiritual is actualised through art and his response is one of ‘working it through’ an intuitive process. Arone is able to express a unique spiritual response to country that has a harmony in connecting disparate worlds.
Arone’s art is not governed by the same barriers and protocols that govern traditional Aboriginal art, but is placed in the context of the contemporary urban.
His subjects are sourced in nature and represent a cultural responsibility with an expression of contemporary art. Arone’s indigenous links are with the Kokomidiji of Cape York, around Laura, the site of renowned rock art galleries filled with graceful drawings of quinkans. Laura is known as a place of Aboriginal magic and sorcery.
Walking through this country has a powerful effect on Arone. He feels a physical reaction to the country that builds his sense of self and ‘renewing the dreaming’.
He is represented in many public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, and the Queensland Art Gallery and in international collections including the Institute of American Indian Art, Sante Fe, USA and the Bibliotech National de Paris, France.