Lives and works in Sydney
\ Winner—2022 Archibald Prize
I'm a contemporary artist with proud Dhungatti Aboriginal origins. My works are culturally & politically charged with a sense of irony & hint of sarcasm.
Born Adam Douglas Hill in Blacktown, Western Sydney to a Dhungatti Aboriginal father and caucasian mother, Blak was trained in illustration and photography before becoming self–practised in painting. A classically trained Yidaki player, he performed nationally and internationally accompanying the likes of Albert David, Christine Anu, Gondwanna Voices, Paul Jarman, Jessica Mauboy, Jane Rutter, Music Viva and Peter Sculthorpe. Major events have included Australian Idol, The Deadlys, The Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, and the welcome for Nelson Mandela.
A multiple Archibald finalist, Blak was the 2019 winner of the prestigious Kilgour Prize at the Newcastle Art Gallery. He has been a finalist in numerous other major art prizes including the Wynne Prize, Blake Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Paddington Art Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award and others.
Blak's unique vision of this country’s history and current social inequities is an important one. Profound and robust in its delivery— the graphic nature of his practice, and attention to visual allegory and detail has captured the attention of collectors and curators throughout Australia.
Blak is an artist who works with a genuine intent to make a change. The multiplicity of his practice from painting, sculpture and installation has allowed his message to be intergenerationally accepted by a broad audience wanting to engage in the big issues that affect modern Australia.
Blak is widely collected in major public, institutional and private collections including the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies, AAMU Utrecht- Holland, Artbank, Art Gallery of NSW, Blacktown, Campbelltown, City of Sydney, Lane Cove & Liverpool Councils, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Newcastle University Art Gallery, NSW Parliament House Collection, QAGOMA, Sydney Grammar School, Taipei Museum, Town Hall Collection, University of Western Sydney.