Blak Douglas

Corroboration Nation

26 November — 12 December 2020

Born 1970
Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Blak Douglas, put simply, is a force of nature. His art practice has an urban aesthetic, delivering a message that is both muscular and profoundly important for our time. Political, absolutely—yet the fabric of his electric narrative has a fluidity that runs deeper than mere social commentary. The stories of Blak’s father of Northern NSW Dhungatti heritage, surges through his veins.

It is the unexplained otherness that permeates his vast, yet intricate paintings, providing a spiritual anchor to his wry narrative about our society. This artist is at the forefront of a conversation that rightly won’t go away. Douglas leaves us in no doubt that we still have a long road to travel to reconcile the true identity of our beautiful, yet stained land.

History is rich with imagery and forms that have been created to direct the way we view our world. In a time before mass broadcasting, TV and the reach of the internet, statues of the good and the great—gods and mortals—populated the world. They were, and are, effectively icons of Empire. The bronze and stone materiality lasts an eternity, underpinning the power of its creator’s patron. It is this intergenerational subliminal messaging about assumed power that Douglas seeks to deconstruct.

The artist is not acting with unchecked iconoclastic zeal. Rather, he is building his own historical narrative—juxtaposing an alternative against accepted history. Douglas asks us, “Where are the monuments of our many First Nation heroes—the people that have fought for a different history; marginalised, or worse, by the powerbrokers of history?” The nature of his practice searches and builds the heroic people and, indeed, the unknown protagonists—recognising the power of language and culture as fundamental to our collective survival.

Douglas could be viewed through a postcolonial lens; however, this belies the positivism of his future vision. There is power in the methodology of his painting and sculptural inspiration. He is not simply sniping at black/white relations—his argument is complex and laced with swashbuckling humour. Douglas’ heroic and monumental works echo one of modernity’s most recognisable signposts—the billboard.

The works, intensely bright with a pop sensibility, speak a contemporary language. He points, laser-like, to a different way of thinking. Whilst many are large in scale, size is not the key driver in the gravitas that is inherent within the picture plain. The language of symbols, real and invented, referencing both his ancient and contemporary cultures, has marked him as an artist of significance, but more importantly, a Ngangkari (healer) for a new and just land.

Ralph Hobbs
November, 2020

\ Exhibition featured works

Blak Douglas

A word is not enough to the wise

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

Blak Douglas

Autonomous Dreaming

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

Blak Douglas

Black swan #1

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

Curriculum Veto

2008 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 211 x 60 x 45cm

Blak Douglas

Dam Nation

2019 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 200 x 300cm

SOLD

Blak Douglas

Faux-Pas de deus

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

Flash Dance

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

Blak Douglas

Ginnie

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

Blak Douglas

HUNG OUT TO FRY II

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

HOLD

Blak Douglas

HUNG OUT TO FRY III

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

HUNG OUT TO FRY IV

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

HUNG OUT TO FRY VI

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

Blak Douglas

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

Jacky

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

Blak Douglas

K9 vs Bloodline On The Breadline

2008 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 151 x 261cm

Blak Douglas

Payback spear

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

Blak Douglas

She knows her place

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

Silent Cop

2020 \ Bronze and concrete \ 159 x 70 x 42cm

Blak Douglas

Sista's of synchronised solidarity

2020 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 102 x 152.5cm

SOLD

Blak Douglas

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

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

Blak Douglas

WIRAMBI

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

Blak Douglas

ashes to ashes, lust to dust

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

Blak Douglas

attestant developpe-ment

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

audacious audition

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

Blak Douglas

black and bloom

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

SOLD

Blak Douglas

deadlines is next to godliness

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

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Paul Ryan

South by Southwest

22 June — 10 July 2021

Dee Smart

In the Balance

10 June — 19 June 2021

POB&BURNEY

TRUST

8 June — 19 June 2021

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