Blak Douglas

\ Winner—2022 Archibald Prize

Born 1970
Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

 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.

\ Artworks


2018 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 150 x 180.5cm

A word is not enough to the wise

2019 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 150 x 200cm

Ashes to ashes, lust to dust

2020 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 61 x 92cm


Autonomous Dreaming (Part 2)

2020-2022 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 150 x 200cm


Black swan #1

2020 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 100 x 150cm


Faux-Pas de deus

2020 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 100 x 150cm



2020 \ Bronze sculpture on sandstone plinth \ Edition of 7 \ 64 x 21.5 x 20cm (bronze)


2017 \ Hand moulded painted & cast resin \ 36 x 17 x 13.5cm

Hung out to fry

2017 \ Hand moulded 18 carat gold patina \ Edition of 7 Available editions: 6/7 & 7/7 \ 36 x 17 x 13.5cm


2020 \ Bronze sculpture on sandstone plinth \ Edition of 7 \ 101 x 27 x 22cm (bronze)

Payback spear

2020 \ Handmade resin cast spear, nickel coated \ Edition of 7 \ 163 x 5 x 4cm


2022 \ Bronze with marble base \ Edition of 7 \ 30 x 7 x 7cm

Silent Cop

2020 \ Bronze and concrete \ Edition of 7 \ 159 x 70 x 42cm

There's a hole in my bucket, mt isa... mt isa

2019 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 140 x 150cm



2017 \ Bronze \ Edition of 7 \ 36 x 17 x 13.5cm

he’s only half the man he’s made out to be

2018 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 130 x 105cm


\ News


blak douglas wins the the 2022 Archibald Prize

13 May 2022

Congratulations to five-time finalist Blak Douglas for winning the 2022 Archibald Prize with his portrait of fellow artist and friend, Wiradjuri woman, Karla Dickens. 


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\ Exhibitions featuring Blak Douglas


Group Exhibition

14 August — 28 August 2021

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021


Group Exhibition

21 January — 6 February 2021

Blak Douglas

Corroboration Nation

26 November — 12 December 2020


Group Exhibition

5 August — 22 August 2020

Contact Us

to find out more about Blak Douglas.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm