Article by By Rebecca Brewin of the ABC
Inspired by his late father, Jason Dimer has contributed greatly to Kalgoorlie’s indigenous art scene and is this year’s NAIDOC week organiser for the Goldfields.
Perhaps you haven’t heard of Jason Dimer, who last year had his Michelangelo moment by painting the inside of a dome in a building in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Mr Dimer began painting over 20 years ago, having picked up the skill from watching his father for a long time.
This year Mr Jason Dimer continues to follow in the footsteps of his father as the organiser of NAIDOC week activities in the Goldfields.
“My father ran NAIDOC here as Aboriginal Week back in the 1980s and early 1990s, he was actually running exactly what I’m doing now,” he said.
“As a young child seeing these events unfold was amazing.”
Mr Dimer believes it is his duty to help keep cultural traditions strong through NAIDOC activities.
“When my father was alive I never had any involvement in NAIDOC week, so I think he would be pretty amazed now where I’ve come from and where I am now.
“On a personal level it means a lot to me to be able to pass this information on… I believe I was put here for that reason, to pass this on, to lead and to show people that this is a celebration we need to carry on in order for our culture to survive.”
The legacy of art is something Mr Dimer has passed onto his young sons, who paint small pictures as well as bookmarks, which they then sell back to their Dad for $10.
“My younger boy found one of the old bookmarks and tried to re-sell it to me, I bought it twice, I knew what was going on,” he joked.
You can hear the interview on the ABC website Follow the link below.