about Reuben Oates
Reuben Oates lives in the Huon Valley, south of Hobart in Tasmania. His father, Leigh Oates, provided Reuben the inspiration and tools to commence painting in 2004. Living on acreage his whole life surrounded by pasture and bushland helped influence Reuben’s fascination with animals and the land they inhabit.
Reuben is seventh great grandson to tribal warrior, Chief Mannalargenna (Dolly Dalrymple line).
Reuben is a Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist specialising in contemporary depictions of Tasmanian fauna. He paints representations of animals combined with bright and bold colours to tell stories of travel, human interaction, family, community, culture and connection.
Reuben has been a full time artist for over six years. He mainly works with acrylic on canvas. In the past two years he has expanded into large scale mural art.
Through his art, Reuben hopes to inspire story telling and encourage others to interpret and find meaning in his art.
He aims to showcase the beauty of nature and the animals within it. He likes to think of his paintings as tributes to Tasmania’s incredible wildlife.
Reuben's work is printed by Full Gamut on Canson Rag Photographique 310gsm 100% cotton rag paper. These prints meet archival standards and will last in excess of 100 years when framed or stored correctly.