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Andrew (Ando) Binsiar
Search terms: oil painting, portrait, figurative, native, Aboriginal indigenous paintings
About the Artist
Born a twin to a very young mother who is a part of the stolen generation… Ando and His twin were placed into foster care and taken to Meekatharra when he was 18 months old… remaining in Meekatharra for most of his life only leaving to attend school for two years then returning.
He met his wife and became a father at 19… working as a part of the local CDEP program to support his growing family although art has always played a part in his life. Experimenting with the art of tattooing from an early age with his close friends and family. He also has tried such mediums as lead pencil, charcoal and acrylic paint but tattooing stayed his medium for the past 21 years.
At the age of thirty Ando found himself working more with paint. Entering local art competitions he found that traditional aboriginal art seemed to compliment his portrait style.
Consulting with a few of the elder artists in Meekatharra, who encouraged Ando to keep true to his style telling him that the telling of the modern stories of our people need to be told as well, this inspired Ando even more.
While working away from his wife and children for a mining company up north he continued with his painting offering some of the non-indigenous workers a small insight to his art while holding a small art class, out of all experiences he has had in his life so far. Ando puts this time spent away from the ones he loves as the most inspirational time to paint what he feels. He has found that the expression he can achieve with painting he would never be able to achieve while tattooing.
Trying to get into small competitions and exhibitions in Geraldton, Wiluna and Perth Ando found himself being rejected until a local elder artist introduced him to the manager of a gallery in Mt Magnet who helped Ando get into the first ever viewing of his art. Attending this event was a friend and his wife who saw something in Ando’s art that only a few elders from Meekatharra had seen.
Ando hopes you enjoy his art as much as he enjoys showing you his stories…
2012 - "Gumburrna", Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Perth, Western Australia
Unique expression of Indigenous struggles - an article in Perthnow