The work of artist Rebekah McKaskill, known as Beki Tara, 26, of Alexandra Hills is currently being featured in the Art from the Margin’s Lunar Down Under Asian art exhibition.
The exhibition celebrates contemporary Asian art by Australian artists and disadvantaged communities facing adversity and coincides with the BrisAsia Festival.
The exhibition, at 136 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley runs until February 24.
Beki Tara has 18 works in the exibition, all portraits of Asian people.
Ms Tara said she gained notoriety after drawing Asian pop stars which were embraced by the Vietnamese community.
In recent years she has drawn other celebrities including Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard and Harrison Craig which have ben auctioned to raise funds for the children’s foundation at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. Her work has also been used overseas for albums and merchandise.
“It was suggested that I draw and all of a sudden it has taken off overseas. This has expanded my knowledge and introduced me to more people. It has also brought me lots of opportunities,” she said.
“I am self taught and only have been drawing since 2013. I hope that by participating in this exhibition and getting to draw and work with Asian artists, it will bridge the gap between cultures,” she said.
Ms Tara favours pencil drawings which she then puts on canvas, contradicting her work with a digital layer.
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