Great Southern and Metropolitan - Peter Farmer Jnr
Great Southern and Metropolitan Districts
Artist: Peter Farmer Jnr
Artist Country: Noongar
The kulbardi or magpie is a resilient totem that has extraordinary qualities. If he is your totem it means that you are a protector of the young; at all costs. Many see kulbardi as loud or aggressive, but in actual fact they are confident and assertive. He’s had the ability over the centuries to be able to adapt in any environment, and in contemporary times has found habitats in and around cities and built up areas. This painting has the kulbardi at the centre. In Flight – always moving – always changing – never sitting still. The lines are the many pathways and highways he’s travelled to get where he wants to go.
Peter Farmer Jnr is the first Minang Man in his family to not be born in Minang country (Albany or Gnowangerup). His mother being Ballardong and his father Minang, he claims connections through his paternal grandmother’s country “Wadjuk”, through birth. Peter graduated year 12 in 2014 and after graduation was invited to train for the pre-season with famed TAC Cup club, The Geelong Falcons. Geelong was a community that welcomed another Farmer into the football frame and he also began his academic journey at Deakin University, enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts).
Peter’s father, Peter Farmer Snr, encouraged him to apply for public artworks commissions and the first awarded to him was in 2015 for Royal Perth Hospital. In 2016 both Peter Jnr and Kylie Graham were awarded the commission for Moorn Barndi with the City of Belmont’s new Lookout Park. And in early 2017 the City of Cockburn awarded Peter The New Aquatic Centre Aboriginal sculpture, welcoming visitors to the state of the art facility and space. Peter has been fortunate to have shown in a myriad of selected group exhibitions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2016 his father launched a range of textiles with Noongar designs as well as high end couture fashions, with shows in Armadale, “Spring Into Armadale”, and Malaysia Fashion Week's Alto Moda showcase. Peter modelled in all shows and now has an international modelling portfolio, gaining him invitations to model at London Fashion Week.
In 2017 Peter Jnr returned to full-time study and football, with a pre-season at East Fremantle Football Club. To gain fitness and continue with his love of this country’s national sport; and continue with his educational journey to gain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art.