On the Couch with Blak Douglas

Blak Douglas Arts Review On the CouchWho is Blak Douglas?
A Koori visual & performing artist hailing from Western Sydney, residing in Redfern.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Truffle hunting in the South-East of France.

Who inspires you and why?
Faith keepers who purchase my art!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’m doing it, and have been doing it for near two decades now (…and that is to bring a VERY contemporary energy to ‘Aboriginal Art’ in the modern era).

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Galapagos. I wish to dive with the Iguanas before I pass.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
A street art tour of Redfern – something I’m accustomed to and well versed.

What are you currently reading?
Shoe Dog – the story of Phil Knight (founder of NIKE)

What are you currently listening to?
Horns, sirens & Island Life by Grace Jones

Happiness is?
Regulated

What does the future hold for you?
Remunerated validity and sophisticated appreciation.

Blak Douglas is a multi-award winning Koori artist who regularly exhibits professionally both here and abroad. He is also a respected Yidaki (Digeridoo) player, having been mentored by traditional Yolngu teachers from North East Arnhem Land. He has a keen sense of humour and a strong sense of social justice which is strikingly evident in his artworks. In 2015, Blak was a finalist in the Archibald Prize with his portrait of Uncle Max Eulo titled Smoke & Mirrors.

In May, Blak with special guest Milton Budge were ‘artists in residence’ at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie. An exhibition of their work titled Old Stories, New Light is currently on display until 4 September 2016. For more information, visit: www.glasshouse.org.au for details.

Image: Blak Douglas

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