The story of the star fish

uow194476This is the story of the star fish which is now better known as the star of the sea. These incredible creatures when harmed can regenerate a lost arm and has been used in the art work to represent renewal. The blue and brown dots surrounding the sea star are the rock pools full of water where you can often find the wonderful lifeforms of the ocean.

The artist Kevin Butler was born in Nambucca Heads, New South Wales in 1962 and is part of the Gumbaingirr People. At the age of just 2 weeks he was removed by the Aboriginal protection Board and raised by a non-Aboriginal family in Sydney. He moved to Wollongong in 1990 and these days he is employed part time as a school teacher. Kevin is involved with many community art projects within the Illawarra area, having done several murals at various schools and local council projects.

As a child Kevin always had the ability to draw but it wasn’t until 1988, when he was 26 years old, that he began painting Aboriginal art. Kevin is a self-taught artist and this was his way of rediscovering his lost culture and heritage. Further information on Kevin Butler can be found at:

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