I would like to welcome you to my site BILLYARA Aboriginal art. I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and sea, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pay my respect to our Elders past and present and to our future.... Still Dreaming, living and continuing culture.....
Brett "Billyara" Parker
I am from the Wiradjuri tribe, my family lived at Brungle Mission near the Tumut River, NSW. I sign my paintings Billyara, this is my totem, an eagle and it stems from my connection with the land.
How I started, I was part of an Indigenous Skill share course in partnership with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council on the Central Coast NSW, that allowed me to engage and learn more about my culture by making artefacts, painting and learning Aboriginal dance. One of the main points was bringing back the traditions to the younger generations.
Since then, I have been painting and teaching traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art for 30 years. I have taught my art in schools, painted awards for a number of organisations and exhibited my artwork extensively in Australia and overseas. I was a finalist in the first inaugural Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art prize 2005 titled (Descendants) and then again in 2007 titled (Bohra), which was selected to tour throughout NSW galleries.
From 2007 - 2010 I had a gallery on the Esplanade at Hervey Bay, Queensland. I sold my artwork and souvenirs that I had designed and printed from my studio on the Central Coast.
I have won a number of awards for my artwork. I received a NAIDOC award in 2009 for achievement in art and culture and won two first places for the Tony Donovan award and in 2016 won the open award for my painting "Songlines" at the Reconciliation exhibition and competition at Gosford Regional Gallery.
I have been working on many different community art projects over the years and engaging our youth in our culture, just the way I was taught many years ago. My passion for educating people about Indigenous art and culture has lead me to designing for Modern Teaching Aids after they approached me in 2012 while teaching at an exclusive gallery in Northbridge, Sydney. I'm now in my 5th year working with MTA and have more designs in the making for next years products so keep an eye out for their launch early next year!
My artwork is mainly a mix of many different styles of art with a contemporary Aboriginal art influence. I also paint a mix of traditional styles of Aboriginal art, keeping with what I learnt from my elders to make sure our art and culture lives on.
Thank you for visiting my website, please feel free to leave comments or enquiries on my guest book page.
0412 451 881