You already know of Otis Carey the surfer, now come meet Otis Carey the artist.
Unfortunately for the rest of us mediocre beings, Carey has now shown us that talent can manifest itself in two forms, in one human. With humble beginnings doodling all over school desks, the past few years have seen a progression of Otis’s exploration of his indigenous heritage, through contemporary Aboriginal art. For his first solo exhibition, NGURAALAMI, his works will be on show this Friday, May 27th, at China Heights Gallery in Surry Hills. So if you don’t live in Sydney, we can’t help you. But if you do, why aren’t you there already, clawing at the door?
The collection features a series of topographies that trace flowing paths across the canvases, symbolising the awareness of knowing when a loved one has made it to their next path. Carey paints the way he surfs – with a deep respect for what he’s working with. One of the core influences of Carey’s works was the safe passage back to the country and to the dreaming by one of his family members, after they had passed on. The intricate patterns and brushwork show a talented m.f with a steady hand and a lot of patience.
Inspired by the Op Art movement of the 1960s, (Optical Art you uncultured peasant) Carey’s art is a fusion of modern influences and the traditional style and techniques of the Gumbaynggirr people of his community.