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 Australian landscape and earth images paint a strong sense of 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
Justin paints the Emu (Good Fortune) among several waterholes, dancing under the Milky-Way. The Emu represents Good Fortune. Justin paints the Emu with the hope that its healing and lucky qualities will find its way in the home that the artwork is hung. The Snake (the Creator) is seen swerving through the Emu, carving its path and creating new paths for the Emu and other animals within Ukaka.
The circles in this piece represent the different Aboriginal communities surrounding Ukaka; these communities all share the land and also share a mutual respect of the animals that call that land home. The bright yellow ‘stars’ represent Spinifex grass, a native plant that grows in abundance where Justin lives. The smaller pointed dots scattered around the painting signify the Milkyway that the animals dance under.