Celebrated artist, proud Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Barkindji man Josh Muir dies aged 30

Tributes are flowing for celebrated artist Josh Muir, a Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Barkindji gentleman, who has died aged 30.

Muir’s vibrant prints and huge-scale projections have adorned trams, the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) exterior, as nicely as the Richmond Soccer Club’s 2017 Indigenous guernsey.

Born and elevated in Ballarat, he won various awards including the prestigious Countrywide Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Artwork Award.

The late artist’s family has granted permission to use his name and image.

His do the job is held in major collections across Australia.

A bright, vibrant artwork.
Josh Muir, Buninyong. Digital print on aluminium, 2015.(Provided)

“It’s a fantastic decline, not only for him as a young particular person, as a youthful Aboriginal artist, but just as an artist as very well,” Koori Heritage Belief main govt Tom Mosby stated.

Muir, who spoke openly about his struggles with addiction and mental health, found solace and pleasure in his art.

Josh Muir with his artwork
Renowned Ballarat artist Josh Muir has died suddenly of normal will cause.(Provided: MAGNT/Fiona Morrison)

Talking to the ABC in 2015, Muir said he experienced homelessness, stress and anxiety, and despair.

He said along with the support of his family members and counsellors it was art that experienced saved him.

Quite a few of his artworks, such as his 2016 projection for Melbourne’s White Evening called Still Listed here, celebrated Aboriginal survival regardless of settler colonialism, as very well as his own heritage. 


Shanaya Sheridan, Muir’s companion, claimed he was really proud of his art. 

Muir died of purely natural triggers on Saturday, she reported, and his loved ones and mates have been left devastated. 

Ms Sheridan stated Muir had aspirations to just take their two youngsters, Jamari, 3, and Jyla, 11 months, travelling and sightseeing — a thing he loved to do.

She said his most significant achievements were being his little ones, but he was also an advocate for psychological overall health and suicide avoidance and a very pleased Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Barkindji man. 

“He always ensured he gave back to group and our youth by conducting workshops.”

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Andy Dinan, the director of MARS gallery and who started doing the job with Muir in 2016, remembers him as an artist with “unbelievable energy” who beloved to explain to stories by way of his art.

“[He had] a huge personality. When we would hold his show he’d wander in and see his full system of function with each other, he’d really like to consider and … throw me up in the air and just stored screaming out ‘Thank you, Andy’,” Ms Dinan stated.

A man sketching on a pad in an ABC studio.
Josh Muir told the ABC it was artwork that saved him.(ABC Arts: Hannah Reich)

Ms Dinan claimed considering the fact that his loss of life there experienced been an outpouring of grief and shock from the establishments and artwork communities Muir worked with.

Ballarat councillor Belinda Coates, who to start with fulfilled Muir when he was a teen, stated Muir still left “an enduring legacy in the Ballarat and Australian arts communities by his unique and highly acclaimed do the job”.

“His kaleidoscopic functions with a road art aesthetic have been frequently encouraged by references from his youth and explored his particular tale of struggles as nicely as joy,” Ms Coates explained. 

Kenneth Proto

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