ROBERT TOMMY PAU, 'Hundred Fathers', 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 76.2 cm
"This title is from an article. It records the decision made by TSI at Yam Island about the border issues with PNG. It was a unanimous decision by all representative that Islanders were citizen of Australia and Queensland and that Australia and Queensland had raid TS marine resource that they owe the Islanders."
Courtesy of the artist.
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.