Lismore artist Digby Moran
Lismore artist Digby Moran Contributed

Moran's creative success story

ALBERT 'Digby' Moran, one of the region's most renowned art- ists, is putting his work on show this August at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

The acclaimed indigenous artist, who was born in Ballina and grew up on Cabbage Tree Island, will present more than 40 of his works in a solo exhibition titled Bundjalung Dreaming.

From August 8 the gallery in Ballina will be filled with Mr Moran's celebrated works, from his "oldest to newest" pieces, with the official launch taking place on Saturday August 11.

His stunning artworks are inspired by his indigenous culture and his personal connection to the land. The artist, who has led an undoubtedly colourful life, began his artistic career later on, working in agriculture and as a professional boxer before taking to the paintbrush but, "it was always in me," Mr Moran said yesterday.

"It was always there, just waiting for the right time for me to express it."

Since he began, he's reached national and international acclaim, with exhibitions all over the country and some prominent international shows, including solo exhibitions in Germany and Austria.

Mr Moran is truly humbled by his success, and said "it's a good feeling" to be recognised by such a large audience.

In the local arena he's become a mentor for youth, holding workshops at schools, and said it feels great to help others.

However becoming a local success story hasn't gone to his head.

For the modest icon, the most important thing is "Just to see the expression on people's faces when they walk in there and see my artwork."

The exhibition continues until September 2.

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