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Aunty Jean Phillips by Stevie O’Chin

Aunty Jean Phillips

Stevie O'Chin

Sitter

Jean Phillips

Medium

Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions

91 x 122 cm

Representation

Birrunga Gallery

Category

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists

About the artwork and sitter

This artwork is called “Aunty Jean Phillips”.

Aunty Jean Phillips has been a Christian Indigenous leader in this country for 60 years, serving Brisbane’s Indigenous community for over 40. She has been a strong and vocal advocate bringing light to issues such as social justice, better housing, employment and creating awareness through church seminars of Australia’s true history – her contribution to building bridges through understanding.

“Our connection to Brisbane has been through family, church and community, not only is she inspiring and strong, but she is also deemed a treasure by all who know her. I chose to paint Aunty Jean in timeless black and white hoping to capture a classic portrayal.”

About the artist

Stevie Jean O’Chin is an Aboriginal artist of the Kabi Kabi, Waka Waka & Koa tribe on her father’s side and Yuin Nation on her mother’s side. Her works are inspired by her surroundings and the stories told by parents and family elders.

“Our connection to Brisbane has been through family, church and community, not only is she inspiring and strong, but she is also deemed a treasure by all who know her.”