Justin Ronberg spent his youth in the Northern Territory and the central Desert regions where he was encouraged by his family to pursue his Artistic talents. From an early age Justin has been inspired by the mind-blowing sounds of the didgeridoo. Justin’s father is Bunna Lawrie, a member of the international band Coloured Stone, his country is the Nullarbor coastal areas of the Great Australian Bight. Justin’s mother is Emily Anne Ronberg of the Luritja-Arrente tribe of the central desert, NT. Justin’s Australian landscape and earth images paint a strong sense connection with the Australian outback (bush). His creations are earthy, vibrant and full of life. The sounds and visions of the Australian landscape are expressed through his unique style of painting. This creative expression reflects his ongoing artistic journey to promote his cultural heritage. Principles of art and craft were given to him to enable Justin to follow his artistic path. Justin is an internationally recognised and collected artist, who is also a fantastic didgeridoo performer and teacher.
About the artwork
This artwork represents the Snake (Creator), Kangaroo (Bush Tucker), Goanna (Protector) and Emu (Good Fortune). These animals are depicted around several waterholes, dancing under the Milky-Way. The snake has created the paths for the other animals and Aboriginal people (past and present) to walk the lands and gather around the waterholes. Carefully painted with a sponge technique and intricate dot work, these animals also signify the spirits of Justin’s ancestors. Justin paints these animals with the hope that their unique qualities will find its way in the home that the artwork is hung.