2015/0051 AUSTRALIA IV

AUSTRALIA IV

Artist

Brook ANDREW
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1970
 in
Sydney, New South Wales

Artwork

Title
AUSTRALIA IV
Date
2013
Medium/Material
mixed media on Belgian linensilkscreen, gold foil
Dimensions
200.0 x 300.0 x 5.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2015
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2015/0051
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightThis is one of a series of six large history genre paintings that represent, in the the artist's words, 'fantasy, drama and an explorer's view of Aboriginal life away from the British colonies'. The series is inspired by the 1860s etchings of Gustav Mutzel, commissioned by the Prussian naturalist William Blandowski. Andrew sourced these images in 2007 during a research visit to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, England. He considers Mutzel's etchings important as they depict some of the earliest imaginative and personal exchanges with Aboriginal people and cultures, resulting from Blandowski's expedition of 1854-55. (AGWA 2015)

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