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Patrick Coolwell at Karboora by David Kelly

Patrick Coolwell at Karboora

David Kelly

A portrait of
Patrick Coolwell
Medium
Photograph

Dimensions

100 x 80 cm
Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category
Accenture Digital Award

Performing Arts and Music Award

About the artwork

David Kelly photographed Patrick Coolwell ‘on country’ at Karboora (Blue Lake) on Minjerribah. “Karboora” means “Deep Silent Pool”. It is a sacred men’s place.

About the sitter

Patrick Coolwell is a Quandamooka man, dancer,  songman and Indigenous Ranger on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Patrick’s involvement on Minjerribah is becoming more important as he is a keeper of knowledge. As the Island moves away from it’s dependence on sand mining and towards cultural tourism, his knowledge and the knowledge of the Island’s elders will shape the future with the knowledge of the past. 

About the artist

David Kelly is a career photographer with broad experience in press photography, magazine photography and portraiture. He has long standing networks in Queensland’s artistic community as a result of many exhibits and collaborations. After a 25 year career at News Limited in Brisbane, for the last three years has maintained a successful freelance career with clients such as Queensland Theatre, Museum of Brisbane and Australian Dance Collective. He has been a collaborator with the Queensland Ballet for 21 years , documenting their rehearsals, backstage and season program photography.

“Patrick Coolwell is a Quandamooka man, dancer, songman and Indigenous Ranger on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).”