Adnate

Tomorrow's Past

25 May — 9 June 2017

Lives and works in Melbourne

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

The artwork of Adnate is of significant cross-contextual importance to Australia. This is due not only for the artist’s celebration of Indigenous people, but in the manner he goes about his respectful artistic interaction with the communities, both urban and in the bush.  

The paintings in Tomorrow’s Past are ultimately a celebration of human spirit and the resolve of First Nation peoples. This, in a world that is only just starting to understand that through a recognition of the past failings of a society, we can hope to build a better and more inclusive contemporary world. Within the context of the divisive geo-political climate, it is of paramount importance that a strong visual presence from our artists serves as a constant reminder of what remains to be done.

The power of the urban street genreand in the case of Adnate's monolithic multistorey portraits drawing attention to the often-forgotten marginalised people of Australiacannot be underestimated.  Art history has always used the “monumental” to emphasise the importantfrom the Renaissance Duomo’s of Italy to the Soviet state propaganda paintings and to the billboards for American pop artists. Through scale, the conversation is democratised, not internalised, within an institutionalised wall.

Adnate’s ability to transgress scale from a five-story wall in New York City to the more modestly sized canvas on a gallery wall, is indicative of his range as a visual artist. It places him amongst the world’s most recognised and strongest practitioners in the realist urban genre. In recent months, Adnate has been curatorially recognised with a public exhibition at the Benalla Art Gallery.  Post exhibition, he will travel to New York and Los Angeles to complete major commissionsundoubtedly further enhancing his standing on the world stage.

The recognition of the street or urban art genre and the dissemination of the work through channels such as Instagram, can and should be viewed as a brave new world in the way we see images. 

With ever increasing image-making through numerous photo apps available to us, it is important to understand that the art of crafting a work of artlarge or smallwith all its visual tricks of chiaroscuro and perspectivecan not only survive, but inspire future generations of artists to maintain a visual art practice that is both meaningful to society and inherently good.  

Ralph Hobbs
May 2017

\ Exhibition featured works

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All that you need

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 167x137cm

SOLD

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Depth of Culture

2016 \ Spray paint and acrylic on Saunders Waterford 300 gsm paper \ 116x73cm

SOLD

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Depth of Knowledge

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on Saunders Waterford 300 gsm paper \ 116x73cm

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Eventually

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 137x183cm

SOLD

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For All I Knew

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 167x137cm

SOLD

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For Today

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 152x168cm

SOLD

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Generations to Come

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on Saunders Waterford 300 gsm paper \ 116x73cm

SOLD

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Journeys to come

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 137x152cm

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My Life

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 122x198cm

SOLD

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Past, Present, Future

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper \ 116x73cm

SOLD

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Synergy

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 152x167cm

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Through her eyes

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 137x167cm

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What might have been

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 137x182cm

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\ Install photo 1

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\ Install photo 2

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\ Install photo 3

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\ Install photo 4

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know you

2017 \ Spray paint and acrylic on linen \ 122x198cm

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Matthew Quick

Bling

16 November — 2 December 2017

Paul Ryan

The Colonies

26 October — 11 November 2017

Many Hands, Home of the Namatjira Artists

Group Exhibition

10 October — 20 October 2017

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to find out more about Tomorrow's Past.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2000
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday