Chern'ee Sutton is a proud Aboriginal artist and Kalkadoon woman from the emu foot province around the Mount Isa area in North West Queensland. Chern'ee's Great Grandmother is an apical ancestor of the Kalkadoon people and is also related to Charlie Perkins a renowned Aboriginal activist who led the Freedom Ride in the late 1960’s. Chern'ee is inspired by her ancient culture and history and wants to share that with the rest of the world through her art.
The Journey Begins
Chern'ee entered her first art competition at 13 years of age and won first place in the open category and has been painting madly ever since. Passionate about her art and reconciliation Chern’ee wants to share her culture and history with the world through her art and bring a stronger appreciation and compassionate understanding of Aboriginal people.
Her distinctive style is engrained onto the canvases she produces merging the two worlds of traditional Aboriginal heritage with a modern contemporary twist that is visually captivating catching the eyes of collectors from around the world.
Chern’ee has won an abundance of both State and National awards, has gained success both Nationally and Internationally and has been an Australia Day Ambassador for the past 5 years. Chern’ee has met with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Royal visit to Australia in 2014 and given them one of her reconciliation paintings depicting a united Australia which now hangs in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Another one of her paintings was commissioned by City of Gold Coast and was gifted to his Royal Highness, Charles Prince of Wales during his Royal Visit to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the painting now also hangs in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace.
Chern’ee has 1 painting hanging in Queensland’s Parliament House on the Reconciliation level, 2 paintings hanging in the Queensland’s State Library and has exhibited her artworks in London, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.
Chern'ee designed the Indigenous markings and Indigenous story for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Mascot Borobi.
Her artwork and story was used on Borobi's paws, feet, surfboard, name and advertising signage and he played a major part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.