Teen prodigy wows pollies

Bundaberg artist Chern’ee Sutton met with Speaker John Mickel at her art exhibition in Parliament House in Brisbane.
Bundaberg artist Chern’ee Sutton met with Speaker John Mickel at her art exhibition in Parliament House in Brisbane. Contributed

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD indigenous artist Chern'ee Sutton has been hailed a "prodigy" and an "artist of reconciliation" during a week-long art exhibition at Brisbane's Parliament House.

The Bundaberg teenager travelled to Brisbane on Sunday of last week, with 17 of her finest paintings in tow, including a spectacular piece that she donated to Speaker John Mickel "on behalf of all Australians".

Mr Mickel said he and others were in disbelief that Chern'ee, who had only been painting for a little over a year, was capable of creating such exquisite pieces.

"It is breathtaking in its brilliance. You'd almost say she's a prodigy," he said.

"She is quite an amazing talent."

Mr Mickel recalled his time as trade minister, where he had met a group of indigenous artists in Cape York whose artwork was displayed in a New York art gallery.

"Here is someone on her own, who I think in time will get that sort of stage," he said.

"Kepnock High School should just put her in cotton wool and don't let go of her."

The speaker said he also overheard Chern'ee being described as "the artist of reconciliation" - a compliment the humble teenager has taken with pride.

"I feel highly honoured to think that my art will make a difference towards reconciliation and bring two cultures closer together through understanding and acceptance of each other," Chern'ee said.

"I paint from my heart and soul and am glad that people from different cultures can see the messages I bring."

The teenager said the curator from the Gallery of Modern Art and the owner of Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery in Brisbane were also impressed by the exhibition.

Chern'ee said her two favourite moments of the whirlwind trip was having her painting, Ajarku Maru, accepted by Mr Mickel to hang in Parliament House, and being treated "like royalty" after dining in the parliamentary dining room.

"My dad is a chef, but it was the best meal I have ever eaten," she said.

"She got to eat off gold-rimmed plates," mum Judi added.

Seven of Chern'ee's paintings were sold during the exhibition, and the remaining ones can be bought at the Gidji indigenous art shop in Hinkler Central.

Topics:  artist exhibition indigenous parliament politicians

Local Partners

Stallone reveals who’ll play Ivan Drago’s son

DOLPH Lundgren is set to reprise his role as Ivan Drago in Creed 2, due out later this year. See the mountain of a man who’s going to play his son.

MAFS groom: ‘We’re talking KFC and a root’

Ryan Gallagher (right) on KIIS FM’s naked dating segment in February 2017.

Ryan Gallagher appeared on Kyle and Jackie O’s naked dating segment.

Michelle Obama sizzles in a bikini

Michelle Obama, right, and her eldest daughter Malia (left) soaked up the sun in Miami. Picture: Splash

FORMER First Lady Michelle Obama has sizzled in a bikini while holidaying

Sophie Monk stacks it in ‘unco’ skiing accident

Sophie Monk injures herself while skiing in Canada. Picture: Supplied/Sophie Monk, Instagram

She can be seen falling on the ground after she tries to sit down

AUSTRALIA DAY: What you missed in Triple M backlash

Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones are the stars of WSFM, a Sydney station that is also playing all Aussie music on Australia Day. Picture: John Feder

Triple M copped a serve for scoring points off Invasion Day

Margot Robbie stuns in Paris

She’s in Paris! Margot Robbie has taken I, Tonya to France.

Robbie looked every inch the movie star at the premiere of I, Tonya.

Zeta-Jones defends hubby over harassment claims

Catherine Zeta-Jones is standing by her husband, Michael Douglas.

MICHAEL Douglas has denied alleged sex act.