FESTIVAL goers and art lovers will enjoy some wonderful artwork by local Biripi man, Jay Davis, at the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival this weekend.
Jay, together with young people from 'About Inclusion', has recently completed a nine metre-long community mural which will decorate the front of the 'Khatabundah Stage' at Akoostik.
"It's great to have indigenous artists at our sixth festival as it supports Akoostik's philosophy of social and cultural harmony," Donna Ballard, event co-ordinator, said.
The concepts represented are Strength, Pride and Balance.
Growing up in Taree in a family of five children, Jay is a talented visual artist, author, actor and teacher as well as accomplished musician.
His mission is to promote the culture of Taree and the surrounding region, showing the beauty of our country and lifestyle through music, art, wit and honour to the great tributary called the Manning.
"Jay believes that art is a true reflection of his spirit and when he is painting, sculpting, playing music or writing or performing comedy he expresses this," Donna said.
"He believes that Australians are searching for their cultural identity and that comedy, music and art are great mediums for the education of a nation."
ABOUT THE MURAL
• The man in the centre is about history and the circles around him are tradition.
• The striking lln shapes are the symbol of the warrior (spears etc) and it is important that each time they appear they are represented on the other side to keep balance.
• Balancing your inner warrior comes from the symmetrical balanced design of the mural.
• The blue shapes in the background are sections of two really big hand prints, they show the fingerprints of touch.
• The blue lines that are a crescent underneath the traditional man are the Manning River, the large blue dots above are the drops of water for life.
• The sharks are the totem of the Biripi people.
• The cobalt blue and orange colours are opposites on the colour wheel, using them in contrast to one another makes the eye keep circling back around the image, making you have a second look.