I’m Silas Hobson, artist at the Lockhart River Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre. I’ve lived in the Lockhart River aboriginal community all of my life. I’ve been painting since 1996. I’m one of the original group of artists that are known as the Art Gang.
We all have our different styles that speaks about our traditional ways, stories and beliefs. I tell my story through prints, painting and sculpture. Our life here centres around our relationships with each other and with the land, the sea, and the animals. My works are a contemporary response to the traditional culture and the isolation of my community.
A lot of my paintings are about people coming together, white people, black people, all kinds of people, even spirit people. It’s like having a meeting, dance festival or Christmas celebration with happy, sad, good and bad moments. Most of all it’s about coming together, listening and yarning amongst each other, teaching, learning about each one of us, their way and our way, their culture and our culture.