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Joseph own personal symbols - 3 characteristic marks which represent each of his children, the Totem of his mother and late father (Dugong and Crocodile) and Badu culture.

— Joseph Au

Joseph Au

2 September 1975

Joseph Au is one of the 'parents' of the Badu Art Centre and together with Laurie Nona and Alick Tipoti were amongst the small group who decided to lobby to create the Badu Art Centre in the early 2000's.

Joseph would work using a borrowed press and rollers to create prints on his house verandah.

Without Joseph and Laurie (and others) the Badu Art Centre maight not have been formed. Joseph lives for his family and continues to embark his culture to his family and community. He has a beautiful attitude to life, calm and considered a master carver of wood shell and vinyl. An cultural man.

His relief prints are in a number of major gallery and private collections and always his imagery includes his own personal symbols - 3 characteristic marks which represent each of his children, the Totem of his mother and late father (Dugong and Crocodile) and Badu culture.

His work is also considered to be important from a historical perspective and recently one of this works won the Joseph is in many ways 'the rock' that keeps the Art Centre life producing - and he provides his fellow artists with support and a generosity that makes him loved and respected by all.

Joseph artwork has been collect by the National Gallery of Australia - Badu Harbour.