Art with Meaning
Brett's Giilang (Story)
Brett was born in Parkes District Hospital in 1974. Parkes is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Adopted at 2 months old by Wally & Jann Groves, the young family began their life adventure in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. Brett moved to Newtown, Sydney at a young age where he spent most of his young adult life exploring the wonders the world had to offer. Brett and his family now call the Blue Mountains home.
In early 2020 COVID-19 hit and like many people Brett was forced to pivot in his professional pursuits. The pivot involved art and a colleague suggested one day "why don't you give it a go?" It was perfect timing as it paralleled with his discovery of finding connection to culture.
"Never in my wildest dreams would have thought art would be something I could even attempt to do!"
"The moment I brushed the first stroke, released the paint from my first dot, something inside clicked. I felt something, I felt a sense of calm, I'd found connection to my culture. It was a very spiritual awakening. Being from Central West of New South Wales and Aboriginal, I am one of the Wiradjuri people."
I am very proud to be Indigenous and even more proud to be part of the new narrative for Indigenous Australia.
Brett Groves is a Wiradjuri born man who has the privilege of working and living on Dharug and Gundungurra land. After calling Dharug country home for a time has now returned to his birth place Wiradjuri country.