Echidnas on the Move

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Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown loves animals and has created a body of work entirely based around them. This painting shows a parade of echidnas moving across the landscape under a bright blue sky. 'Turbo''s work may seem naïve with its simple forms, but there is a great energy and skill in his use of composition, colour and line. He uses bright colours and bold outlines, painting quickly with unmixed acrylic paint.

Living rough on the Mildura streets and the Murray River bank, 'Turbo' has said that animals were his only friends. He was adopted by Herb Patten and his wife, Aunty Bunta and moved to Melbourne where he took up boxing and became a keen rapper and breakdancer. Uncle Herb and Aunty Bunta enrolled in a diploma of visual arts at the Bundoora RMIT campus and took 'Turbo' along. There he began to paint. It soon became apparent that he had a talent for expressing on canvas the stories and images from his mind.

'Turbo' completed a Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) from RMIT Melbourne, which he completed in 2004 and had his first solo exhibition at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne, was a sell-out. HIs work is now held in a number of significant collections. Trevor 'Turbo' Brown passed away in 2017