Richard Bell

About the Artist

Richard Bell (b. 1953) uses his practice to explore the complex artistic and political problems of Western, colonial and Indigenous art production. Growing out of a generation of Aboriginal activists, he has remained committed to the politics of Aboriginal emancipation and self-determination. In 2003 he was the recipient of the Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award, establishing him as an important figure in contemporary Australian Art, and in 2015 collaborated with eminent American activist Emory Douglas on a series of works presented at Milani Gallery.

Bell has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout Australia and overseas, such as ‘Embassy’, 58th Venice Biennale, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Performa 15 New York City, 16th Jakarta Biennale, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2013-ongoing); ‘Asia Pacific Triennial 8’, QAG|GOMA (2015); ‘See You at the Barricades’, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015); ‘Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art’, National Gallery of Canada (2013); Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan (2013); Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home’, QAG|GOMA (2013); ‘Half-Light: Portraits from Black Australia’, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2008); Biennale of Sydney (2008 and 1992); ‘Culture Warriors’, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, (2007); ‘Aratjara: Art of the First Australians’, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (1993); ‘Australian Perspecta’, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1993); and ‘Unfamiliar Territory’, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (1991). In 2016, Bell opened ‘BELL invites…’, an exhibition of work by himself, friends and collaborators, at the Stedelijk Museum SMBA, Amsterdam, and premiered a new sculptural commission at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, Netherlands.

About the Artwork

Dornoch Philosophy is from Bell’s 2018 series Old Aboriginal Sayings. Featuring a well known piece of graffiti seen on West End’s Dornoch Terrace, the work reveals his activist roots, reinventing a demonstration slogan as a work of fine art. The Pollock-like approach to the work, with text in relief underneath the painted surface, requires the audience to stand close to the work, forcing them to view it at all angles to read the “hidden” words.

Dornoch Philosophy
2018
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 150cm
Courtesy of Milani Gallery
75 Vulture St West End Q 4101
Bidding Is Over! Trace Tracker
The work has sold.
Venue Snapshot

Addwest Shoe & Luggage Repairs is a shoe and luggage mending service.

Steve and Craig have conducted this service for the last twenty-three years, having worked before that at the Adsett Shoe Repairs factory which was next door. This two storey brick premises from the 1970s housed The Framer before them.


Artists

Richard Bell
‘Dornoch Philosophy’
@ Addwest Shoe & Luggage Repairs
Artwork Page
Natalya Hughes
‘New body (no sag)’
@ The Framer
Artwork Page
Dadang Christanto
‘Ciduk, Siska, Bunuh, Buang IV’
@ Ralph’s Garage
Artwork Page
Judy Napangardi Watson
‘Mina Mina Dreaming’
@ Avid Reader
Artwork Page
Linde Ivimey
‘Sacchuro Mortuis 1’
@ Dresden
Artwork Page
George Gittoes
‘Caryatid’
@ Bill Diacos Barber
Artwork Page
Vernon Ah Kee
‘Love it or fuck off’
@ Open House Collective
Artwork Page
Tony Albert
‘Octagon’
@ Andrew Tanos Pharmacy
Artwork Page
Ross Manning
‘Radial loop’
@ Jet Black Cat Music
Artwork Page
Paul Bai
‘Between Me and the World No.26—Homage to Kazimir Malevich’
@ Open House Collective
Artwork Page
Franck Gohier
‘Sir Joh’
@ Where the Wild Things Are
Artwork Page
Madeleine Kelly
‘Me and My Rhythm Box’
@ Posto
Artwork Page
Margaret Loy Pula
‘Anatye (Bush Potato Dreaming)’
@ Dresden
Artwork Page
Victoria Reichelt
‘The write to be forgotten’
@ The Happy Cabin
Artwork Page
Luke Roberts
‘Pope Alice and Einstein (seated)’
@ The Fat Carrot
Artwork Page
Madonna Staunton
‘Looking at Nietzsche’
@ Hope St Cafe
Artwork Page
Brian Robinson
‘Feeding the family pets’
@ Southbank Locksmiths
Artwork Page

Emerging / Early / Mid Career Artists

Aaron Perkins
‘16 July 2018 (a weary composure skirt his indifference) ’
@ Open House Collective
Artwork Page
Bridie Gillman
‘He pulled a blossom off the tree for me as I left’
@ Avid Reader
Artwork Page
Samuel Tupou
‘Evermore 3.14’
@ Kim Tanh Banh Mi
Artwork Page
Sam Cranstoun
‘Power Structures 7’
@ West End Bakery
Artwork Page
Keith Burt
‘Farther’
@ Hall’s Jewellers & Watchmakers
Artwork Page
Jacinta Giles
‘Persist’
@ Jet Black Cat Music
Artwork Page
Nicola Moss
‘Green Commons I’
@ Addwest Shoe & Luggage Repairs
Artwork Page
Annie O'Rourke
‘We Live in a Beautiful Country’
@ Hope St Cafe
Artwork Page
Ari Athans
‘Arrival XVI’
@ The Framer
Artwork Page
Christopher Bassi
‘Black Cowrie’
@ The Happy Cabin
Artwork Page
Tyza Stewart
‘Right On’
@ Andrew Tanos Pharmacy
Artwork Page
Vanghoua Anthony Vue
‘Untitled Triptych’
@ Ralph’s Garage
Artwork Page
Jackie Ryan
‘Nerd Rage (Cause of Death: Classifieds - Episode 3 Part 2)’
@ Where the Wild Things Are
Artwork Page
Zoe Porter
‘Goat Girls’
@ The Fat Carrot
Artwork Page
Sebastian Moody
‘I can show you, That this world, Is your world’
@ Hong Lan Grocer
Artwork Page
Amy Carkeek
‘You can't learn by forgetting’
@ Hall’s Jewellers & Watchmakers
Artwork Page
Warraba Weatherall
‘Untitled’
@ All venues
Artwork Page