Arone Meeks 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.
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; it is also the location for the biannual Angnarra Aboriginal Dance Festival.
Walking through this country has a palpable effect on Arone. He feels a physical reaction to sacred country that helps forge relationships with kinship, a sense of self and ‘renewing the dreaming’.
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.
1984: Bachelor of Visual Arts, City Arts Institute, Sydney