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Artist Profile: Colin Wightman

Name:                      Colin Wightman

Skin Group:              

Language:               Goomeroi (Kamilaroi)

Born:                       Toomelah 23-12-65          

Area:                        Northern NSW

Mediums:                 Acrylic on Canvas/Linen

Subjects:                 Emu and Carpet Snake

Artists Biography:       

Colin is a quiet achiever that is passionate about his art

Born and raised in the Aboriginal Mission at Toomelah, which is about 15km from Goondiwindi on the Qld. NSW border.

He tells of an idyllic childhood when he was taught to fish, hunt, track, and find bush tucker and source water.

Colin learned stories passed on from the Elders.

He learned from his Grandmother drawing in the sand looking at her style and learning the Dreamings but interpreting it in his own way.

Colin say?s his artwork depicts the plants and animals associated with his people?s culture and other things he sees around him.

He likes to use different colours and patterns.

He said if he goes to another town or place he likes to have a bit of a look around and paint the things he sees in the landscape.


2004:            Aboriginal Artists of Australia Pty Ltd, Newcastle NSW, Australia.

2004:   Spirit of Australia Gallery. Queensland.

2005:  Aboriginal Artists of Australia Pty Ltd, Newcastle NSW, Australia.

Collections Held:

Private Collectors and Institutions


Toowoomba Base Hospital: Mural 5m by 2m.

Cairns Convention Centre: Lino cut and prints, 1m by 2m.

Warwick Base Hospital: Mural 5m by 4m.

Toomelah State School: mural 4m by 3m.


Male Artist of the Year 2004: Toomelah/ Boggabilla Community



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