Trevor Nickolls

Trevor Nickolls : This Way Art

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Trevor Nickolls has been dubbed the 'father' of urban Aboriginal art. He stunned an international audience when he represented Australia alongside Rover Thomas at the Venice Biennale in 1990. He has tackled both the plight of indigenous people in contemporary Australia and the alienation we all experience in a high-tech age. For over 30 years he has impressed audiences with his powerful and potent vision. Trevor Nickolls burst onto the scene in 1978 with his searing exhibition From Dreamtime to Machine Time in Canberra at a time when urban Aboriginal art was essentially unheard of. Thus Nickolls helped pave the way for an explosive new art movement that would shatter preconceptions about the paradigms of indigenous creativity. Provocative and passionate, political and personal, Trevor Nickolls has rightfully carved a major position in the history of contemporary Australian art.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 185 x 225mm | 453.59g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522856594
  • 9780522856590

About Michael A. O'Ferrall

Michael O'Ferrall has worked in the field of Aboriginal art since 1977, when he began working with the artists of the Yirrkala region of North East Arnhem Land as coordinator of the Bukularrngay Arts Centre. He has subsequently held positions with the Perth-based Australian Regional Artists Exchange and Triangle International Artists Exchange, and was Curator of Aboriginal Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1984 to 1996. He acted as Australian Commissioner at the 1990 Venice Biennale, with the artists Trevor Nickolls and Rover Thomas. Ashley Crawford is the author of a number of books on Australian art including Spray: The Work of Howard Arkley (co-author, 1997) and Wimmera: The Work of Phillip Hunter (2002). He has written on the visual arts for numerous publications including The Age, Australian Art Collector, Art & Australia, the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review and Business Review Weekly. Crawford has also been editor of Tension, World Art and 21.C magazines. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, and General Editor at Thames & Hudson
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