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Artist In Profile | Aaron Brady


Aaron was born in Moree in 1976. He went to school at Courallie High School Moree. Aaron has autism and uses his artworks to tell stories about himself and the life around him.

Elizabeth von Gavelis Head Teacher  of Business and Creative Services at the New England Institute of TAFE, and has known Aaron since he was in high school, where she taught him art.

“The majority of the paintings are of himself and his friends,” she says. “What is wonderful about the self-portraits is the fact that they look you straight in the eye. Aaron himself finds it very difficult giving eye contact.”

Aaron does not verbally communicate at all, so his paintings speak for him. His stye is colourful and bold and deeply rooted in his Kamilaroi culture.

“His medium of choice is oil pastels and he has done so for the last 18 years,” von Gravel explains. “His works always display a beautiful array of colour and spatial effect, almost like stain glassed windows.”

The artist was recently exhibited at the Glen Innes Art Gallery, as part of the inaugural EnAble Arts Exhibition, supported by Arts North West. His work has also been shown at the Moree Plains Gallery.