An exhibition celebrating the life and art of one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous painters, Les Elvin, opened at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery on April 23.
The award-winning Cessnock artist, known as ‘Uncle Les’, passed away in August 2015, aged 77.
As a proud descendant of the Wanaruah people of the Lower Hunter, Elvin received many awards in his lifetime, including National Artist of the Year at the NAIDOC Week Awards in 2008.
The exhibition – titled I Won’t Be Long: A Tribute to Les Elvin is centred on his magnificent four last works.
It also includes works by Elvin’s daughter Lesley Salem and gradnchildren Alex, Tamar and Tamika Elvin (who all are successful artists in their own right), and works by Saretta Fielding and Justin Ridgeway.
I Won’t Be Long: A Tribute to Les Elvin will run at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery until June 5.