Vale David Page

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 11 May 2016.

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The Australia Council for the Arts is deeply saddened by the passing of acclaimed interdisciplinary artist David Page. Australia Council Executive Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Lydia Miller said David’s immense talent and esteemed career was integral to bringing Indigenous arts to a national and international audience.

The Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AO expressed his deepest sympathies to David’s family, friends and colleagues on behalf of Council staff.

Mr Myer said David’s passing was a great loss to Australian arts and he would be missed by his family, friends and the national and international arts communities.

“David was an inspired and inspiring artist. He was generous, gentle and a strong part of so many people’s lives,” Ms Miller said.

David Page was a descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe from South East Queensland.

Born the eighth child of 12 in the extraordinarily talented Page clan, David grew up on a Brisbane housing commission estate. At the age of 12 he won the local talent quest at the Sunnybank Hotel in Mount Gravatt, south east of Brisbane. It was here that he was spotted by a talent scout from Atlantic Records, who saw his potential and signed him up.

When he was 13 he recorded and released two singles and performed as Little Davy Page, a child star, on shows ranging from Countdown to The Paul Hogan Show. In the 1980s David studied saxophone, voice, composition and song at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) at Adelaide University.

David joined the Bangarra Dance Theatre as a resident composer in 1990. He composed scores and also performed with Bangarra at WOMAD concerts in Adelaide and Johannesburg in 1999.

Image via Bangarra