Josh Muir (SPC 2004-07, PY2009)
February 22, 2022
We are extremely saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Old Collegian and award-winning artist Josh Muir (SPC 2004-07, PY2009) on February 5, 2022, of a reported heart attack.
Josh was well known for his bright street-art-inspired works and his work was well respected in art circles, with the Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta artist’s mural and painting works represented in art galleries, including The National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Ballarat, Bendigo and Northern Territory art galleries as well as in public spaces.
His mural Roots is located in Ballarat’s Alfred Deakin Place and one of his designs was used on the Richmond Football Club’s guernseys in the 2017 AFL Dreamtime round. His work reached a whole new audience in 2016 when it was projected onto the National Gallery of Victoria during Melbourne’s White Night light show extravaganza, and later dazzled as part of Ballarat’s White Night light show.
Tributes described Josh as leaving “a lasting legacy in the Ballarat and Australian art communities through his distinctive works” and that “he liked to say ‘aim for the stars, not the streetlights’.”
In recent times Josh had been working as a mentor with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
Tributes to Josh can be found in these stories here and here
The College and Old Collegians’ Association extend our deepest sympathy to Josh’s extensive family and friends. Josh was a brother to James Muir (SPC 2005) (deceased) and Jordan Muir (SPC 2009).