TOP FELLOW: Stanthorpe boy Travis De Vries has recently been announced as this year's NSW Aboriginal Art Fellow.
TOP FELLOW: Stanthorpe boy Travis De Vries has recently been announced as this year's NSW Aboriginal Art Fellow. Contributed

Local indigenous artist making waves

STANTHORPE born Travis De Vries is causing a stir in the art world.

Now Sydney-based, he recently was announced as this year's NSW Aboriginal Art Fellow, and received $50,000 in funding.

"I remember swearing at the lady on the phone when I found out. I was so excited and a little bit overwhelmed,” Mr De Vries said.

He plans to use the funding to research through a residency at the Australian Museum in 2018.

"I'll be working in their library and their indigenous artefacts collection to do some research on that and then some research on the Gamilaroi language which is the ancestral clan which that I'm from.”

Travis said growing up in one of few indigenous families in Stanthorpe - it taught him plenty of life lessons.

"I grew up with an interesting culture base,” Mr De Vries said.

"To be a small minority within Australia and then to be within the cultural melting pot which is Stanthorpe with a lot of interesting characters definitely had it's challenges.

"But I come back, I see a lot of my teachers who I went to school with and the people who I grew up with and I was really blessed to have that exposure of different people.”

However no matter where Travis lives, he still calls Stanthorpe home.

"I wish I could do what I do and still live in Stanthorpe.”

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