Dylan Charles is a proud Yorta Yorta man and young, emerging artist. Learning his culture from his family connections ‘on country’ in proximity to his ancestral home of Ulupna Island on the Murray River, Dylan’s powerful use of Aboriginal symbology and story is highly engaging and visually compelling.
In talking about his artwork and influences, Dylan ‘likes to interpret from the stars because our Nan told us that the stars are our map’. He continues to say,’ I like to reference the night sky in my work, especially the emu in the sky.
I often imagine that I am looking down from above – a bird’s eye view and I mirror that view – the land and sky, in one view which represents the connection between the sky and the earth. Also, I like to use ochre in my paintings because it feels more connected to my traditions. It has a spiritual feel for me.’
Currently undertaking the Certificate 3 in Visual Arts at The Centre for Koorie Education, he is an active member artist at Kaiela Arts, showing in his first group show in 2019 and has worked on a number of art commissions including for GOTAFE and currently, the Palliative Care Unit at Tatura Private Hospital