10 May, 2021
Vale Arone Meeks
It is with great sadness that Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) wishes to advise of the passing of Arone Meeks.
Arone is remembered as being one of Australia’s most important and prolific contemporary Indigenous artists. His impressive body of work stands as courageous studies into contemporary issues of sexuality, identity, land rights, and the re-telling of cultural stories and lore.
Arone continuously experimented with new and additional mediums; often writ-large on sweeping prints, paintings and public art installations.
Arone was also a teacher, a staunch advocate for the arts, and a generous supporter of Queensland’s Indigenous artists and communities.
Since 2017, Arone had been a valued member of the CIAF Board of Directors.
On behalf of its Patrons, Board of Directors and Staff, CIAF extends deep sympathies to Geoff “Tex” Dixon, Arone’s family and many, many friends.