Terry Saleh (Kunge) is an Australian artist of Malay/Indonesian and Papuan/lndian descent. He has a strong interest in the history and cultures of Indigenous peoples throughout the world, as well as the legends and culture of Australia's original inhabitants.
Terry's multicultural ancestry and rich ethnic upbringing have contributed to his uniquely expressive style, as he incorporates the traditional with the contemporary onto canvas. He uses a variety of media and a range of styles and techniques to capture the essence of his subject matter and to produce artworks that have a powerful visual effect. Through his paintings, Terry communicates the beauty, wisdom and uniqueness of culture and the environment and pays tribute to the natural wonders that surround him and the land that he lives in.
The practices, rituals and spiritual connections within traditional cultures inspire Terry to capture their essence as he strives to communicate the sacred through his art and music. His energy and passion takes him to many parts of the world where he forms bonds and connections with Indigenous people, their Elders and Medicine people.
Terry uses his artistic gift to bring people closer together and to invite us to look deeper into ourselves. He invites us to connect with the world around us so that the power of magic and healing can begin with the understanding and acceptance of other people, culture, the animal kingdom, plants and the environment.
Every artwork or musical creation holds a healing intention. There is a wealth of information in his creations and a deep respect for Mother Earth. He uses colours and symbols that carry profound meaning and positive healing energy. His art seeks to stir the soul and senses to bring about a higher level of awareness and understanding.
Terry travels the world with his art and music and his Yidaki (Didjeridoo). He is a very ancient soul in a modern native man from the jungles of Papua New Guinea. His artistic visions spring from tribal ancestors whose spirit guide him in his paintings, music and healing. With the knowledge and wisdom, that is channeled through energy from the universe, he is able to transform this into beautiful works of art and music that have a strong spiritual universal connection.
His lifelong journey throughout the world as an artist and performer has grounded him as a traditional healer in a modern and ancient world and uses his natural gift to bridge that gap. With his knowledge of the Yidaki, he is able to use this instrument as a tool for healing.
Experience the combination of modern techniques and ancient art of self healing using traditional bush medicine for balancing and harmonising.
"My world of magic and healing lies in the understanding and acceptance of people and culture, plants and animals, and the environment."