Melbourne based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist, Safina Stewart (nee Fergie), has been involved in community, corporate and private art projects in Melbourne since 2007. Her artwork is beautiful and widely appealing. Safina is able to draw from a rich heritage and experience to create stunning and meaningful artworks. Her Aboriginal heritage comes from Wuthathi Country in Far North Queensland, her Torres Strait Islander heritage comes form Mabuiag Island , and her Non-Indigenous heritage comes from Scotland.
Safina’s acrylic paintings are vibrant in colour and fluid in their line work. But the richest feature of her artwork is the meaningful stories they entail. Whether portraying the preciousness of young life, wisdom stories inspired by her Christian faith or the intricacies of working partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Safina’s paintings come alive with their relevance and application to life.
She has been an active member of her local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through her art and family. She endeavours to develop and use her art in ways that encourages awareness, wholeness and hope.
As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman, educator and professional artist, Safina comes with a wide range of creative ideas that envelop insightful cultural awareness. She has experience in teaching, artist in residence programs, exhibitions, public speaking and commissioned art projects. Winner of the 2011 Victorian Eastern Region NAIDOC Art Award, Safina comes with the confidence and endorsement of her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and elders. Her work comes with quality and integrity.