Empire strikes black 2019, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
(b. 1953) lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. He works across a variety of media including painting, installation, performance and video. One of Australia’s most significant artists, Bell’s work explores the complex artistic and political problems of Western,
colonial and Indigenous art production. He grew out of a generation of Aboriginal activists and 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 Australian artistic figure. The first six images were part of Richard Bell’s exhibition Old aboriginal Sayings at Milani Gallery in December 2018.