Aunty Jean Phillips
Acrylic on Canvas
91 x 122 cm
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.