SPECIAL SPACE: South Burnett artist Anthony Donas painted two murals for the new Art Scene gallery in Nanango.
SPECIAL SPACE: South Burnett artist Anthony Donas painted two murals for the new Art Scene gallery in Nanango. Michael Nolan

Nanango artists fund their own gallery

CREATIVE people in Nanango have a new place to call home with the artist run co-op The Art Scene moving to a fresh location.

Eleven local artists have pooled their resources and moved into the old Wayne's World building at 55 Drayton St.

To help stake their claim on the new building the group asked indigenous artist Anthony Donas to paint two murals flanking the entrance.

"I started painting when 17,” Anthony Donas said. "Like when you're at school, I didn't take it really seriously until I got a bit older.”

The accomplished painter recently won first prize in the Ekka's indigenous art category for his painting Brolga Dreaming.

Anthony is self taught artist and makes heavy use of traditional imagery and earthy bush colours with one of the new murals depicting a platypus and the second looking at scrub land, watering holes and the goanna.

Despite living and working in the rural Queensland Anthony still sells many paintings.

"I have my own customers that know me and buy off me and I sell to a couple of tourists.”

For Anthony paint is a solitary, meditative affair.

"It's a hobby that takes you to a calm place. You can just sit and paint.”