Let’s revision our colonial depictions

In the lead up to squatters and savages at Ballarat Gallery in May 2017, a show that I am doing with the amazing Megan Evans, I’m starting to play with the galleries colonial print collection. These prints include many images of Aboriginal people, as depicted by the invading English colonists. Known to Ballarat Gallery for my award winning series Jus Sayin which used many colonial images of Aboriginal people from a book called White on Black. I took the images and put them into new contemporary settings, commenting on racism, colonisation and queer politics to name a few. The work won the works on paper award at the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards in 2013, and this award has lead into the project Squatters and Savages. I really enjoy using the old print images, as they fit perfectly with my collage, graphic style and my sense of humour. Here are a few things to engage with….more to come 🙂

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Dingo Series continues through 2016 and get a limited edition art cup

img_0627This series is ongoing in 2016 exploring all aspects and moods of the Dingo!  And you can order my limited edition Alpine Dingo cup through craft Victoria

To place an pre-order for my Alpine Dingo  cups ($34) call Sara or Hannah Presley on 0452 399 935 to arrange. Or pop into the craft shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Torch is burning….

I’m working for the Torch, which is a program that sees me working with recently released Victorian base Indigenous prisoners, both men and women. They are supported to build their art careers, by exhibiting, commissions, entering art prizes, and  being exposured to contemporary art practices by visiting exhibitions etc. I’m still employed as a casual which is a bit temporal, and it’s hard  some days because my artists have alot going on in their lives and art is not always given the same priority as when they painted inside and had regular classes. They change contacts often too, which is a bit frustrating. But despite life issues, some of our artists are in major gallery collections like the NGV, and others have very successful art practices, which can only contribute to cultural and personal self esteem.

For more information visit: http://www.thetorch.org.au……..

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I painted my reality, not a dream..a group art show. Kingston art centre. Moorabbin. Until the end of Sept 2016.. 

Frida Khalo said ‘I never painted my dreams, I painted my reality’ and it’s the title for a Koori art show that explores the diverse practices of a group of artists who are all confident in their art and culture. Here is my piece, The Dingo Circle, and for this work I use Ngarigu text  to highlight and add to the visuals….enjoy……and watch this space for more updates..and news!! 

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Animations for Barber Black Sheep

These are the final 3 images for an animation project for a barber shop in Sydney Rd Brunswick. Watch out!

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New collage work for 2016: Preview

Is it Indigenous Art? Of course. This is how I dream and then walk with in it with a Ngarigo global stride. Enjoy

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Reframed at incinerator Gallery, Melbourne until July 24th 2016

http://www.incineratorgallery.com.au

Jones, Kent Morris, Steaphan Paton, Steven Rhall, Warwick Thornton, James Tylor, Peter Waples-Crowe, Arika Waulu, Raymond Zada

Reframed explores the role Aboriginal Australian artists are playing in reconstructing accepted ideas about history, connection country and identity through photographic processes. Guest curator, Kent Morris has selected artworks that that question aspects of the dominant colonial mindset and challenge stereotypes of what defines Aboriginality. By establishing their own cultural agency behind the lens, the artists develop a dialogue that presents alternative perspectives and ‘reframes’ the lived experiences of Australia’s First Peoples.

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Wyndham Art Awards 2016

Bad luck Peter, you were not a winner this year. Heaps more entries and a cluttered hang made for an average gallery experience. My work was exhibited too low. Oh well..you lucked it out last year. People’s choice. 2015. 

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Dingo Moon (poppies bloom) 2016 

A commission that I have struggled with but it has now reached its conclusion with an unusual composition and colours. It’s glittery too

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The Dingos of 2016

The Dingos have returned to my work this year….I use the Dingo as a metaphor for Self ( native queer) as its a second class native, not protected and much misunderstood. Hunted, hung up like strange fruit, persecuted in the name of Nation building and agricultural progress. Here is some of the art I have been producing around this theme.

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