The Gordon Bennett Studio: Petrie, Brisbane

‘Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’ presents the work of an artist deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history. Simon Wright, a long-time friend of the artist, recalls the man in the studio in our two part series, beginning with his studio under the family home in Petrie. DELVE…

Get up, stand up: Queensland Indigenous art

A new exhibition of Indigenous art takes movement, both literal and figurative, as its theme, inspired by the well-known song of the same name, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ features ceramics, sculpture, etchings, photography and painting by artists across Queensland whose works are underpinned by the desire for engagement and justice. ‘It’s not all that glitters…

Art and cars: Kayili artists

Kayili artists Mary Gibson, Mrs Kumana Ward, Pulpurru Davies, Nola Campbell and Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles have each indulged a love of colour, animating their car bonnet’s surface with shimmering, cryptic, topographical maps of their country, and the ancestral journeys that formed it. The Kayili bonnets are on display along the Pavilion Walk, Gallery of Modern…

Bloodlines: The art of Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) created the triptych Bloodlines 1993 early in his career. It speaks of colonial violence and the consequences of being on the ‘wrong’ side of history, purchased in 2019, this powerful and sobering work is a major acquisition for the QAGOMA Collection. ‘Bloodlines’ Preliminary sketches for ‘Bloodlines’ In his lifetime, Bennett was widely…

The colour black and other histories: The art of Gordon Bennett

Queensland-born artist Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) was deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history, and made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally. To me, the image of Eddie Mabo stood like the eye of a storm, calmly asserting his rights while all around him the…

Below the earth’s surface

Though Australia’s link with the land is strong, and the ways in which we’ve used it have largely determined the Australian character, our interaction with the land is often contested. Here, we gain insights into works that respond to mining in Queensland. Mining in Queensland For Indigenous Australians, the land is everything. Through their care,…