LIFE feels a little full-circle for Armadale’s Bradley Kickett, the talented artist responsible for the colourful design adorning a police patrol car that will be seen across the metropolitan area from this week.
Kickett once worked alongside Department of Corrective Services psychologists on self-harm prevention programs for Aboriginal inmates before harnessing his creative juices through a Fine Art degree at Curtin University.
He has since had success at local art shows, including the Revealed Exhibition in Fremantle, where WA Police liked his 1.2m x 1.05m painting of Rockingham’s Point Peron so much they decided it should be a centrepiece of police efforts to mark Naidoc Week.
Kickett said he was extremely proud to again represent a positive link between law enforcement and Aboriginal people.
“Point Peron is a place I used to go to de-stress after work,” he said.
“I went back there and photographed the area and I just thought this would make a great painting.
“Some paintings fight you and some get better and better; this one definitely got better and better.”
The car will travel around Perth’s police districts and Kickett’s artwork will stay with it for the duration of the car’s working life, about three to four years.
Police officers also had special shirts designed ahead of Naidoc Week and their headquarters in East Perth will light up on Sunday and Monday as part of the celebrations respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
Inspector Troy Cooper described the Naidoc Week moves as a massive step forward for WA Police.