Tommy is a descendant of the Eastern Torres Strait Islands, Australian Aboriginal, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islander and Asia. He speaks Torres Strait Creole and Australian English. He was taught about the need to keep culture strong through cultural practice by his father. He has a strong commitment to keeping old traditions alive and believes that culture must remain true to the past and move with time to exist in the future. Tommy has considerable experience in the arts and his art forms of choice include printmaking, painting and sculpture.
"This portrait is of Eddie Mabo who fought for his own land. Native Title has misdirected the original litigation for personal land ownership and rights not communal or possession nor enjoyment."
ROBERT TOMMY PAU, 'Mabo', 2021, linocut on somerset velvet white 300gsm 100% cotton, 70 x 59.5cm