MEEKS, Arone Raymond

Nationality: Australia
Website: Website
Australian artist
Born in Australia 1957
Lives and works in Australia

Arone Raymond Meeks’ six years of studies at various art institutions has produced a complexity of references and styles. His first exhibited paintings were directly related to Aboriginal art history, with dream-related themes of Creation Ancestors. Other references in his work suggest the intense colour of European Masters such as Klimt, or the dreamlike reveries of Chagall. His broad knowledge of Aboriginal visual arts is paramount, but in recent years the artist’s personal search for his traditional Aboriginal origins has produced a clearly individual style and personal imagery.

Meeks feels that his imagery comes from his experiences of childhood in North Queensland. Although his memories in his words “are always fogged and dreamlike”, images still come to him in his dreams. Dreams are a very real part of the creative process for him, similar to the way traditional Aboriginal people speak of “Dreaming” as a state in which they communicate with the Great Creation Ancestors.

Raymond Meeks, although primarily a painter, has an exceptionally busy career as a graphic designer. He has designed book covers, children’s illustrations, posters, fabrics and, in 1988, the stage design, posters, banners, laser show and written materials for the 5th Festival of Pacific Arts held in Townsville.

In 1988 Meeks was formally given the name Arone, “White Crane”, by Thancoupie and members of the community at Napperanum in a traditional Aboriginal “baptism” ceremony, an immensely important event for the artist.
“I believe that art is a language for interpreting who you are and I cannot find any satisfaction other than painting. I have a natural need to interpret what I feel and see. I feel it in my heart and I can do it. It’s like knowing an emotion and it is very important to record it. Aboriginal people have always had a vast, rich culture and I am part of this. There are many things which are too numerous to mention about the treatment of Aboriginals but though my art I have identity and strength.