NSW Aboriginal artist Allan McKenzie hand paints caskets to share stories of person laid to rest

Aboriginal artist paints coffins that reflect a person’s life and connection to their country

  • Aboriginal artist Allan McKenzie, 36, has been painting for over 28 years  
  • Mr McKenzie is a proud Wiradjuri-Gamilaroi man and lives on NSW Central Coast 
  • Over the years he has painted all kinds of items including buildings and vehicles 
  • He recently was asked to hand paint caskets for families who had lost loved ones 

An Aboriginal artist has shared his passion for painting through decorating all sorts of items including caskets, buildings and vehicles.

Allan McKenzie, 36, a Wiradjuri-Gamilaroi man, lives in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast.

Mr McKenzie has been painting for more than 28 years and sharede many of his artworks on social media for everyone to see and enjoy.  

Artist Allan McKenzie (pictured), 36, a proud Wiradjuri-Gamilaroi man who lives on the NSW Central Coast in Terrigal, has been painting for over 28 years

Artist Allan McKenzie (pictured), 36, a proud Wiradjuri-Gamilaroi man who lives on the NSW Central Coast in Terrigal, has been painting for over 28 years

Over the past few months, Mr McKenzie had the opportunity of using his talent to support two families in hand painting the caskets (pictured) of loved ones who had passed away

Over the past few months, Mr McKenzie had the opportunity of using his talent to support two families in hand painting the caskets (pictured) of loved ones who had passed away

Mr McKenzie in the past few months used his talent to support two families by hand-painting the caskets of loved ones who died.

He said he was close to one of the families, and the other family reached out to him asking if he would be able to paint the coffin.

‘The inspiration of creating these pieces come from deep within my connections to my culture and also assisting other people with a story that is fitting to the person being laid to rest,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘This includes family members leaving hand prints on the casket as a mark and connection to let their loved one know that they will forever be with them.

'The inspiration of creating these pieces come from deep within my connections to my culture and also assisting other people with a story that is fitting to the person being laid to rest,' Mr McKenzie told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday (pictured, one of the caskets that he hand painted)

‘The inspiration of creating these pieces come from deep within my connections to my culture and also assisting other people with a story that is fitting to the person being laid to rest,’ Mr McKenzie told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday (pictured, one of the caskets that he hand painted)

Mr McKenzie (pictured) has posted a lot of his amazing artwork across social media for others to see and enjoy

Mr McKenzie (pictured) has posted a lot of his amazing artwork across social media for others to see and enjoy 

‘I felt nervous at first but when thinking of the pain that the families were going through at the time… it helped inspire my creativity to another level where I didn’t believe I could reach.

‘I felt at peace with a surrounded calmness towards the completion of the two caskets.’

Mr McKenzie said he would be honoured to do this for other families in the future. 

He will soon also get the opportunity to go overseas to further his career.  

‘I will be travelling to America next year to work on some big projects and to showcase my art in New York which shall be an amazing experience,’ he said.

Mr McKenzie has also used his passion to hand paint amazing designs on a bus

Footy boots also got this treatment

Mr McKenzie has also used his passion to hand paint a bus and footy boots (pictured) 

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