Kelvin & Tim and the Aboriginal Art Gallery
During my stay in Australia, I got to know an amazing Italian girl, Laura. Laura lives now in Brisbane, Australia, with Kelvin.
Kelvin, and his brother Tim, have recently opened an Aboriginal art gallery, Uturupa Art Gallery.
Kelvin and Tim were born in 1985 on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
After finishing school they travelled the globe for a while visiting 40+ countries.
Kelvin lived in Italy for 5 years, Tim in London for 3 and they even drove a tiny car 18500 km from London to Mongolia for charity (Mongol Rally http://www.theadventurists.com/mongol-rally/).
Upon returning home they wanted to do something that meant something to people to strike a chord in them.
They didn’t see any Aboriginal Art outside of Australia other than museums or galleries, so they set off to obtain beautiful pieces of art from Aboriginal artists from central Australia to bring to the people of Australia and the world affordably and sustainable.
What’s the philosophy behind the project?
“To bring the colour, the culture, the stories and the history to the people, a lot of aboriginal art displayed in galleries and museums is unobtainable for the common person, UTURUPA wants to bring it to your home at an acceptable price which benefits job creation in the remote communities of central Australia and brings their stories to life world wide.”
What is the saddest thing you experienced while doing this and what is the best one?
“The saddest thing that we have experienced is the footprint of the western world that it has placed on the Indigenous Australians, for example these days it is a lot easier to go get a bucket of KFC than to hunt down a Kangaroo or animal or eat traditional foods, a lot of the sugars, preservatives and additives in the western foods are extremely bad for them as a portion of central Australian Aboriginals have renal issues due to these new eating habits.
Among the best are great times we have had with artists hearing their stories and experiencing their kind culture.”
Tell me a little bit about the artists, if there is something you have learned from them, what’s the real life for them?
“We have learned to be happy with what we have, to share, to love our land and not take advantage of it, a lot of the utopian Artists paint plants/food/medicines that have been passed down to them as totems a lot also paint their country.. other artists from different areas paint men’s and women’s law as well as their own experiences and sacred areas.”
“If you love culture, history, colour and the stories behind it why not purchase Aboriginal art as it’s all that and more, by purchasing the art it supports the Aboriginal art movement, helps the artists and their families , helps with job creation in the far reaches of civilization and promotes many to to start painting as well as keeping up with their old ways to keep dreaming… because if you stop dreaming you have nothing …”