BLAK DOUGLAS

Self–practiced in painting with a style influenced by the study of Graphic Design & devoutly politicised per social justice.

Born Adam Douglas Hill Blacktown (1970) Western Sydney to a Dhungatti Aboriginal Father / Caucasian Mother.

Trained in illustration & photography, became self – practised in painting. A classically trained Yidaki player performing nationally and internationally accompanying the likes of Christine Anu, Jessica Mauboy, and Peter Sculthorpe. Major events have included Australian Idol, The Deadly’s, The Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, and the welcome for Nelson Mandela.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1989

Jamison High School (Penrith)

1994

BA Graphic Design
University of Western Sydney, Nepean

Awards / Competitions

2018

Finalist
Korean Australian Art Foundation Prize, Australia
Finalist
Blacktown Art Prize, Australia
Finalist
Fishers Ghost Art Award, Australia
Finalist
Mosman Art Prize, Australia
Finalist
King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI art prize, Australia
Finalist
The Blake Prize, Australia
Finalist
The Archibald Prize, Australia

2017

Finalist
Mosman Art Prize, Sydney NSW

2016

Finalist
Cossack Art Awards, Karatha W.A.

2015

Finalist
Archibald Prize, FINALIST- Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize

2014

Finalist
Mosman Art Prize, Sydney NSW

2004-9/11-14

Finalist
Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize (Commended)

2009

Highly Commended
Cricket Art Prize Sydney, FINALIST - Wynne Prize

2003-8

Finalist
Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award

2008

Finalist
Mil-Pra Art Prize

2007

Finalist
The Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award

2006

Winner
Maria Locke Award, Mil-Pra Art Prize

2005-10

Finalist
Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize

2004

Winner
Mil-Pra Art Prize, Artist in Residence, The Canberra Grammar School

2003

Winner
Mil-Pra Art Prize – Liverpool Council Mayor’s Choice Award

2002

Winner
Blacktown City Art Prize – Inaugural

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Urban Walkabout
Cooee Gallery, Paddington
Transparent Covenant
Jefa Gallery, Byron Bay

2017

National an’them
Blakspot Gallery ‐ Redfern

2016

Old Stories, New Light
The Glasshouse Gallery (accompanied by Unc. Milton Budge)

2015

MCA Art Bar, Whitebred
Fontanelle Gallery Adelaide (TARNANTHI festival accompanied by Amanda Radomi)
Join the Dots
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists, Leichhardt- Sydney
BLAKATTAK
S.C.A. Sydney (accompanied by Adam Geczy)

2014

Lawful & Permissable
Damien Minton Gallery, Redfern
Illuminate
Old Parliament House, ACT

2013

BOMB
Utrecht Gallery, Netherlands (accompanied by Adam Geczy)
Smellin' it Like it Is
Tandanya Adelaide

2012

ONEINFOUR
Damien Minton Gallery, NSW

2010

Not a Propper Aborigine, 10yr Survey
Mosman Art Gallery NSW
Caste-ing Call
Harrison Galleries, Paddington NSW
I'm Not Racist But
Arc One Gallery- Melbourne VIC

2009

A Colony of Terrors
Harrison Galleries, Paddington NSW

2008

This is Why We Don't Stand For The National Anthem
Arc One, Melbourne VIC
100 X 5 X7 =ME(SQ)
Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney, NSW

2007

Not For The Faint Hearted
Arc One, Melbourne, VIC

2006

A Sign of the Crimes
Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2005

Hand Some Returns
Birrung Gallery, Leichardt, NSW
Dingo On
Washhouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2004

Whitewashed
TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
The Outskirts of Town
Canberra Grammar

2003

Progression
Walkabout Gallery, Newtown, Sydney, NSW

2002

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith

2000

Eorascapes
The Studio, Sydney Opera House

1999

Growing Up On Dharug Country
Mananura Aboriginal Arts Coop, Jamisontown (Penrith)

Group Exhibitions

2018

Boomalli
Artists Members Show
Bakers & Bitters
Ambush Gallery
Simon Chan
Art Atrium @ Crown St, Surry Hills

2017

Simon Chan
Art Atrium @ Jones Bay Wharf
Black Mirror, 107 Projects, National Indigenous Triennial
National Gallery of Australia

2016

Black Mist Burnt Country
S.H. Erwin Gallery
Speaking Colours
Goulburn Regional Gallery
Diaspora Making Machines
Blacktown Arts Centre
Four x 4
Studio show Redfern

2015

Talk the Change/Change the Talk
Fairfield Gallery-Museum
Fine Lines
Sydney Story Factory
$300 Day
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists, Leichhardt - Sydney
48HR Incident
Gallery 4a, (May) Sydney
Anzac Centenary
Peacock Gallery Auburn Bungarees Farm Middle Head

2014

ART3K
Art Atrium - Bondi Sydney
Four x 4
Studio show Redfern
Spring/Summer Show
The Bearded Tit Bar - Redfern
Sugar Coat
Level One Gallery – Adelaide Hilton
Neon Nomads
Site-specific illuminated installation (curated by Celina Stang), Hyde Park Sydney
Babana Fundraising Auction
Carriage Works Sydney
Ways Youth Services Fundraising Auction
Bondi Beach
Tap Gallery 25th Annivesary Exhibition
Darlinghurst – Sydney
East Coast Encounter
National Maritime Museum
On The Ground
Firestation Arts Gallery, Dubbo
Graceland
Damien Minton Gallery
Marrambang Meeting
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

2012

Almost
Damien Minton Gallery, NSW
Sculpture by the Sea
Tamarama Beach, NSW (collaborative with Will Coles)
'2 X '2 Adam Hill / Hugh Ramage
South Hill Gallery, NSW
NAIDOC@
Seymour Centre, Boomalli Artists NSW
Cold Eels & Distant Thoughts
Monash Gallery of Art, VIC
Warrami
Peacock Gallery, Auburn NSW

2011

People We Know Places We've Been
Goulburn Regional Gallery
NSW Freedom Riders
University Art Gallery, Syd Uni NSW
Beauty, Vanity & Narcissism
Cross Arts Projects, NSW
1 Fan
Casula Powerhouse, NSW
Authentic
Fairfield City Gallery, NSW
Walkabout Art Prize
TAP Gallery, NSW

2009

Breathing Space
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery NSW

2008

In-Tech-Niche
At the Vanishing Point Gallery, Newtown
Ngadhu, Ngulili, Ngeaninyagu
Campbelltown Arts Centre
Lines in the Sand
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney, NSW
FACETNATE!
Match Box Projects, Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney
Amnesty International Australia Freedom Art Prize
Tap Gallery, Sydney NSW
Windows on Pain
ABN Amro Building, Sydney, NSW

2007

The Coloured Digger
Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award
Queensland Art Gallery, QLD
Re-Inscriptions
Asia Australia Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW
NSW Parliament House Indigenous Art Prize
Parliament House Sydney
Annual Members Show
Boomalli, Sydney
Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, NT

2006

PLACE
Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, NT

2005-9

Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize
Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2004

Boomallia Exchange
Winnipeg, CANADA

Mural / Public Art Installation

2019

MURAL: “Seaweed Mob” Bondi Beach concourse double installation

2018

ART INSTALLATION: Redfern Train Station NSW
PRIVATE ENTRY: Mercedes Shit Box Rally in support of Cancer Council
CEILING ART + WALL MURAL: Russell Lea Public School

2017

MURAL: Startrack, Australia Post- Redfern
‘Wynscreen’ – Wynyard Station digital wall
Westfield Woolongong: Ambush Gallery

2016

Leichhardt Council – Marion Street, ‘Buried Country’ – backdrop animation touring concert production

2015

MURAL: Kandos Memorial Pool, Kandos, NSW
MURAL: ‘What’s your point?’ Leichhardt- Fringe Festival

2014

Cementa15: Kandos Projects, Kandos NSW
The Big Reminder Chair, Lane Cove Library NSW

2012

MURAL: We have the dreaming, King Street, Newtown NSW
MURAL: Campbelltown Railway Station
MURAL: Campbelltown Arts Centre NSW

2010

MURAL: Sea of Hands, Homebush Olympic Park

2009

BANNER: Art and About, City of Sydney Council

2008

FACADE ARTWORK: Indigenous Land Council Building, Cope St Redfern

2006

BANNER: Yabun Festival Concert
MURAL: Ashfield Mall
MURAL: Redfern Community Centre
MURAL: Macarthur Square Shopping Complex

2005

MURAL: Stanmore Public School

2004

MURAL: Redfern Community Centre, The Block
MURAL: Nyngen Public School
MURAL: Bondi Beach Public School

2002

MURAL: Blackwell Public School, St Clair

2001

MURAL: Sea of Hands, Botanic Gardens, Sydney
MURAL: Ring Rose Public School, Greystaynes

2000

MURAL: Bennett Road Public School, St. Marys

1999

MURAL: Inner City Baptist Ministries, Woolloomooloo

1998

MURAL: Riverstone Public School

Performance

2017

Vegas Lounge – Seymour Centre

2016

MCEE Cooks River Day Out – Sydney, Brown & Breen (Accompanying) Sydney/Melbourne

2015

NAIDOC week, AGNSW The Domain – Sydney ‘This City Speaks’ (Accompanying Christine Anu) Town Hall Sydney

2014

Guest performer for DIESEL & DUB (Declan Kelly) MCEE Antenna Film Festival, Chauvel Cinema – Paddington MCEE Cameraygal Festival, Lane Cove

2012

Blacktown City Festival ANZAC day at The Block, Redfern

2009

Peter Sculthorpe’s ‘Requiem’ acc. Central Coast Philharmonic Young Australia Workshops, NSW

2008

MCEE Redfern Park Launch Redfern, MCEE Rock the Block, Redfern Mandla Mandela benefit night, Sydney, Taiwan (DFAT)

2006

Klub Koori NAIDOC DAY, Museum of Sydney Funeral Service for C. Farley, Marrickville Int. Day of Indigenous Peoples, Town Hall- Sydney

2005

Grand Final Australian Idol, Sydney Opera House MCEE Marrickville and Newtown Festivals Binnung Binnung School Shows, MusicaViva NSW 2DEADLY2MOVE (w. Albert David) Phillipines & South America PLATYPUS (Paul Jarman & Co.) South Pacific

2003

PLATYPUS (Paul Jarman & Co.) Vietnam / Daejon City, Korea (Peter Winkler)

2003/6-8

DEADLYS award night, Sydney Opera House, Rugby World Cup Opening

2003-5

Public Performer, Yiribana Gallery, AGNSW

2002

Rimini, Italy

2001

Baby Proms, Sydney Opera House

2000

Sydney University (For Nelson Mandela) / Matthew Doyle Dancers, Japan

1997

Festival of the Dreaming, Sydney Opera House

Bibliography - Catalogues/Articles/Publications/Documentary (selected)

2015 ARIAS poster design 2014 ‘Diesel & Dub’ Album Cover Artwork for Declan Kelly, Sydney 2014 ‘88’ ABC on demand, Adrian Wills- Michaela Perske (illustrations) 2012 Magabala Aust. Indigenous Diary pgs 23/24 (Image) 2011 Art Monthly May Djon Mundine, pg 21 (Review) Freedom Riders Sydney University Gallery, pg 12 (Catalogue Image) 2009 Art & About pg 4 (Image) 2008 Curly and the Fent and Curly saves Grandmas House Sally Morgan and Children, Random House Publishing (Illustrations) Australian Art Review issue 15, Robyn Lucas (Article) Lines in the Sand pg 76, Hazelhurst Gallery/ Ace Burke (Catalogue) Message Stick– Artbank pg 20 (Catalogue) Telstra Award, pg 42 (Catalogue) Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize pg (Catalogue Image) Windows on Pain pg 9 (Catalogue) 2007 Yirra and her deadly dog Demon Anita Heiss, ABC Books (Illustrations) I’m not racist but… Anita Heiss, Salt Publishing (Cover image) Children’s Activity Book Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council (Design/ Illustration) Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize pg 24 (Catalogue Image) XSTRATA Emerging Indigenous Art Award pg 8 (Catalogue Image) The Mag Issue 3 Museums & Galleries NSW pg 13 (Image) 2006 Eyeline Issue 61, Adam Geczy pg 46 (Article) Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize pg 23 (Catalogue) Stolenwealth Breakdown Press Melbourne pg 4,9 (Image) 14th Mil- Pra AECG Award pg 12 (Catalogue) 2005 Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize pg 22 (Catalogue Image) Nelson Mandela Unity Series Umzantsi Publishers, pg 42 (Catalogue Image) 2004 Telstra’ Award, pg 69 (Catalogue Image) Knowledge+Dialogue+Exchange Artspace, pg 149 (Article) 2001 Telstra Award, pg 35 (Catalogue Image) 2000 Mum Shirl Tribute Exhibition (Boomalli Artists) pg 28 (Catalogue Image) 1996 For The Record Allen & Unwin (Cover image)

Collections

Articles

Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy: The Most Gaoled Race on Earth
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On The Couch with Blak Douglas
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Reclaiming Land
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Blak Douglas – Beyond the confines of the members lounge
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Defying Empire: National Gallery of Australia's Indigenous Triennial paints unvarnished history
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Sponsors

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Permaset and 3M for their continued support and belief in me as an artist.

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