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Arone Raymond John Meeks

1957

Artist Arone Meeks born at Laura in Cape York in Far North Queensland. In 1984 he gained a Bachelor of Visual Arts at City Arts Institute, Sydney in 1984. He then continued to study though in a more traditional manner with various tribal elders, including those of the Lardil people of Mornington Island.

Meeks’s art practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing and public art commissions as well as linoprints, etchings and monoprints. He is also an illustrator for children’s books and in 1988 his book ‘Kingfisher and Pheasant’ won the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards – Crichton Award for his illustrations and was shortlisted for Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards – Picture Book of the Year 1988. Another book of his ‘Enora and the Black Crane’ which he both illustrated and wrote won the 1992 UNICEF- Ezra Jack Keats Award for International Excellence in Children’s Book Illustration and the 1994 LIBBY Australia Ena Noel Award and was shortlisted for Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards – Picture Book of the Year 1992.

Meeks was founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Cooperative in Sydney in 1987 along with other prominent and politically active Aboriginal artists including Euphemia Bostock, Fiona Foley, Michael Riley, Tracey Moffatt, Jeffrey Samuels, Bronwyn Bancroft, Avril Quaill, Fern Martens and Brenda L. Croft. In 1987 he studied in Paris after winning an Australia Council fellowship and went on to exhibit throughout Europe and North and South America.

Meeks has been apart of a number of solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works are in held in numerous collections both nationally and internationally. As well as a number of significant private collections including collections in Australia, Argentina, France, Japan, Thailand, The United Kingdom and the United States of America.