Acclaimed singer songwriter Joe Geia has been painting professionally for the past 12 years but this is not the first time he has delved into visual arts. In 1983, artist Carol Ruff incorporated Joe’s lyrics 40,000 Years into the mural at Redfern Station, Sydney. Besides his lyrics being the inspiration for the mural he also painted the rainbow serpent that stretches across the artwork. It is a much loved mural for the Redfern Community and has recently been restored to its former glory.
Twelve years ago Joe picked up the paint brushes again as another way to communicate his stories. He believes painting, just like music and dancing are languages of their own, the original universal languages. His messages in his art and songs are following the same method of handing down of information from generation to generation just in a contemporary context.
His latest works have stories and messages of their own, he draws his inspiration from culture, nature and current affairs. Following and learning from many other Aboriginal artists such as Lukey and Johnny Cummins.