From Rations, to Wages, to Treaty
About the artwork and sitter
Joe Geia is a hugely influential figure, and this portrait is an image created during his recent performance, ‘From Rations to Wages to Treaty: A celebration and acknowledgment of the achievements and resilience of our elders.’
In a career spanning over three decades, Joe has become a renowned singer/songwriter, guitarist, didgeridoo player and influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music.
“He writes music of bravery and beauty, telling of Aboriginal life in Australia, of the quest for justice and belonging, of history, family and love.
Joe is also renown for his visual art. His paintings share the essence of his Aboriginal and Islander culture.”
About the artist
Colin Bushell lives in The Gap, and is a certified professional photographer and Vice President of the Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland. He is a strong advocate of community engagement with creative industries, and regularly gives back to the community and charities, including Youngcare and Broken to Brilliant.