Bruce’s family moved from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in the 70’s where he excelled at art during his school years at Buderim Primary and Burnside State High School in Nambour. From the tender age of five he enjoyed watching his uncles, artists Mark and Colin Rigby share their traditional knowledge of the land, waterways, reef and ocean and has been a professional artist since 1985.
He is a third generation Meriam (Mer - Murray Island, Torres Strait) from his mother’s side and his work is a contemporary expression associated with his Torres Strait Island ancestry.
During 1982 the Meriam people of Mer island (Murray Island), led by Eddie Mabo, began their fight for land rights to ensure its protection. The Meriam people's claim resulted in the most significant recognition of Indigenous land rights and law by an Australian court and on 3 June, 1992 the High Court granted the Meriam people their land rights and defied the claim that Australia was terra nullius (unoccupied), which the Europeans declared in 1770.
Paul Curtis of Red Desert Gallery said Bruce’s paintings aren’t only a statement about rights and responsibilities to land and sea they’re also about inheritance, the continuity of custom, resurrection and eternal life.
“Bruce’s inherent skills and traditional knowledge have resulted in his own distinct contemporary style and one of his paintings was quickly whisked away by a collector in Japan”. he said
Bruce is proud to have gallery visitors sit with him and observe him creating sacred Meriam myths and to explain the several layers of meaning behind each story.
Bruce has moved to Eumundi where he feels a strong connection with the natural environment and his artist residency will culminate in an exhibition aptly named “Our Way” featuring his fresh and exquisite artwork in April.
Red Desert Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm and at other times by appointment. Tel: 5442 7172 or visit www.reddesertgallery.com.au
Red Desert Gallery
Red Desert Gallery specialises in collectable art from the most renowned Australian Aboriginal artists.
All works are supplied with Certificate of Authenticity and explanation of the painting's story.
Since 1992 Red Desert Gallery has firmly established itself as one of Australia's premier dealers in Aboriginal Fine Art.
The gallery specialises in Central and Western Desert Art, with major focus on the tribal elders from this region.
Many of these painters are considered amongst Australia's most recognised and collectable.
This painting movement, which springs from the world's oldest surviving indigenous culture, is without doubt the most exiting development in Australian art history, as well as being the most significant development in the global history of art.
Paul Curtis (owner and curator of Red Desert Gallery) has unsurpassed passion and respect for the art and the artists and is dedicated to only showcasing quality fine art.
With a regular exhibition program and quality consultancy, Red Desert Gallery is sure to please the most exclusive and corporate client who appreciate exceptional pieces of contemporary and traditional Australian indigenous art suitable for investment or pleasure.
P: 07 5442 7172
M: 0458 325 419
Bruce Rivett is an exciting emerging indigenous artist now based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He is currently working as an "Artist in Residence" at Red Desert Gallery, Eumundi.