Art with Meaning
Brett's Giilang (Story)
Brett was born on Wiradjuri country 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 on Dharug country in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. Brett moved to Gadigal land, Sydney at a young age where he spent most of his young adult life exploring the wonders the world had to offer. Brett returned to Dharug land, the Blue Mountains where he purchased his first home. Brett created Bilingarra, Indigenous Art & Culture which is on Dharug and Gundungurra land and he has since returned home to live on Wiradjuri country.
“When starting an artwork I never
know what the outcome or plan is. I wait for the time to be right, channel the person or subject I am painting for, tap into it’s energy and then the story starts coming into my mind, and I start to paint.
It gives me the goose bumps
seeing a clients reaction when I present their artwork and tell them the story behind it.
My connection to culture began when I started painting. I’m loving learning more about the brilliance behind our thousands of years of culture, through my art as I go along this journey.”
I am very proud to be Indigenous
and even more proud to be part of the new narrative for Indigenous