By Garry Purchase
Garry is a proud Aboriginal man of Dharawal, Bidjigal and Dhungutti descent. He grew up in Sydney's Eastern suburbs in Botany and was raised amongst the Aboriginal community of La Perouse.
Garry is a member of the Timbery family of which there are many respected members. He is the Great Great Great Great Grandson of Timbery (Or Timberé), leader of the Dharawal people and was bestowed the title "King Of The Five Islands" by Governor Lachlan Macquarie.
Garry is also The Great Great Grandson of Queen Emma Timbery and is a cousin of Esme Timbery who are both internationally renowned for their artistic shell work. His great uncle is Joe Timbery, world champion boomerang thrower who also presented one to Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.
Garry has always had a creative passion and was a musician for many years playing drums in a few Sydney rock bands. He played 100's shows in the 90's and 2000's on the Sydney scene.
Artistically, he first started painting after he moved to the Central Coast with his wife and 3 sons in 2013.
His style is a more modern take on traditional Aboriginal art, steering away from the common dreamtime stories and focusing on his own personal journey, experiences and social issues that pushes a lot of creative boundaries as he stretches the limits of what Aboriginal art can be.
He has a very loyal fan base and has thousands of followers on social media. Check out his page www.facebook.com/dreamonaboriginalarts
His works have attracted a lot of attention and have also earned Garry a few awards. He took out the major first prize Tony Donovan Award at Reconciliation Exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery in both 2014 and 2016 with "One Nation" and "Under The Southern Cross" respectively.
His painting "The Journey" won both the Aboriginal Health award and the People's Choice award at Mental Health Art Works! 2014 and he also won the Aboriginal Health award again in 2016 with "Missing Pieces" and in 2017 with his piece “Tribal Blood”