Artist: Ethan-james Kotiau
Ethan-james Kotiau is a member of the Gunggarri people from central Queensland and tied to the Iningai people. Ethan grew up in Iningai country in the Longreach area, surrounded by his culture. His paintings are contemporary in style, but by using traditional elements (sometimes dots, sometimes lines), he attempts to evoke the ancient, mysterious history of the land with all its stories.
Ethan’s journey into the aboriginal art world began after he visited an exhibition in a Brisbane art gallery and was immediately inspired by renowned indigenous artist Ningura Napurrula Gibson’s paintings. Delving into aboriginal art pieces like Ningura’s, the artist says, “he was reminded of his grandmother’s stories”. His artwork encapsulates everything about the Iningai country: its history, beauty, personal stories, deep spirituality, and so on. Ethan builds upon four fundamental principles that guide each of his paintings. “I believe it is important that my paintings are Beautiful, Simple, Tell a Story and add to my culture. That’s my personal belief and goal when I start a painting.”