Someone’s Always Watching You


Digby Moran (Aus), Woolworths, Ballina NSW

In collaboration with Cottee Parker Architects local indigenous painter Digby Moran was commissioned for a Woolworths development in River St Ballina NSW.

Moran’s paintings, inspired by his Bundjalung heritage were reinterpreted with help of fellow artist and designer Alex Polo. Two paintings were transformed into a suite of corten steel artwork elements and integrated into the new building façade as window screens.

Someone’s Always Watching You depicts Digby’s ancestors from Cabbage Tree Island and Floating through my Spirit Home speaks to Ballina’s iconic Richmond River.

Your services and professionalism made the art commissioning process seamless, delivered on budget and finalised ahead of time. It is a credit to your organisational and communication skills that you managed to balance the ideals of not only Woolworths but also of Council and the Artist. Chris Sheehan

Regional Development Manager, Woolworths Ltd

As a boy growing up on an island in the Richmond River a wise old spiritual man once told me “no matter what you do someone’s always watching you”. The painting means a lot to me spiritually, I feel the presence of my spiritual ancestors in this painting. These spirits watch over our mob in times of trouble. As soon as I finished the painting I knew it was special. I stood back to look at it and amazingly the five black lines started moving all around the canvas, the more I looked at it the more it happened. This has been the experience of everyone I’ve shown it to. The black lines which outline the figure represent my spirit ancestors moving around in my community just as the lines move around the painting. I always feel them with me in times of need, guiding me and looking over me in my beautiful Bundjalung Country.  I feel privileged to have this connection with my ancestors. Digby Moran