Aris Prabawa is an Indonesian artist who has lived on the North Coast for the last three years. His exhibition Peace But Not Surrender is on display at the Goanna Bakery and Caf in Lismore until July 12.
Aris, who was 2004 Regional Treasure winner (I wish the Lismore Regional Gallery would bring back that award exhibition), is a member of the Taring Padi art collective based in central Java. The collectives studio and members homes and artworks were destroyed in that recent earthquake which killed over 7000 people and left over 200,000 homeless.
Some of my paintings were damaged, said Aris. But many of my friends works were lost altogether.
Peace But Not Surrender is a fundraiser as well as an exhibition with half of the monies raised from sales going to members of the art collective who are victims of the earthquake. There is also a donation box at the exhibition if you dont buy a painting (or one of Aris fantastic ballpoint drawings).