Arone Meeks (1957 – 2021)
Tribal Group: KuKu Mi diji
Language Group: KuKu Yalanji
Arone Meeks was born in Sydney in 1957, but grew up in Cairns. Meeks was a founding artist member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative founded in 1987 in Sydney and initiated the annual NAIDOC exhibition at the Tanks Art Centre in Cairns. Meeks has been a prominent cultural anchor in the region of Tropical North Queensland for many years, he has left an extraordinary artistic legacy and led an impressive life of social commitment in numerous areas such as teaching, health, and First Nations issues, all of which informed the breadth and depth of his art practice.
Meeks is represented in many public and private collections nationally and internationally, including Artbank, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, AGNSW, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Biblioteque Nationale (Paris), The Bromberg Collection (Cincinnati), Cairns Art Gallery, City Gallery (Christchurch), GOMA, Massachusetts College of Art (Boston), National Gallery of Japan and University of Queensland.