Kapua Gutchen Snr is of the Meriam Mir people in the eastern Torres Strait. Gutchen was raised on Erub (Darnley Island) by the old people of the clan, and as a child spent time listening to people in his community tell stories and legends. These included stories of their work efforts, their successes and failures, their celebrations and sadness, pre- and post-colonisation.
Gutchen has been a boat crewman, councillor and deputy chairman of the Erub Island Council, and a carpenter, as well as an artist. In 2011, Gutchen participated in the Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait exhibition at QAG|GoMA, Brisbane. His imagery represents the multiple facets of his rich cultural tradition, and Gutchen also records these in an ongoing written diary as a learning resource for others.
Kapua Gutchen Snr is represented by Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Arts Centre).
Boats sailing off in the southeasterly wind (Segar) 2012; pencil and watercolour on paper; 29.5 x 41 cm; Courtesy Lynnette Griffiths
Koiet Le ra takarr a izurzur (The gravesite of the mummified) 2010; Pencil and watercolour on paper; 41 x 27.5cm; Courtesy Lynnette Griffiths
Wauri tebud ra pamas (Traditional visitors assemble to trade) 2010; Pencil and watercolour on paper; 28 x 41.3cm; Courtesy Lynnette Griffiths