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In his artistic universe, Aboriginal artist Wayne Quilliam defers to the influences of his ancestors as he embraces modernity.
Born a freshwater man from Tasmania, Wayne Quilliam continues to expand his cultural practice as an artist, storyteller and document-er through modern practices. His award-winning career includes the coveted NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Human Rights Media Award, Walkley Award for photojournalism, nominated as a Master of Photography by National Geographic and highly commended in the Bowness Art Award.
He has created and curated over 300 exhibitions throughout the world and been published in more than 1000 magazines, books and newspapers. When not at home with his wife and daughter he is found in communities throughout the country sharing his knowledge and teaching youth the expression of culture through multimedia.
His work includes documenting significant Indigenous events over the past 30 years including the Apology, 1967 Referendum anniversary, Garma, Laura, Burunga, Dreaming and Yeperenye festivals and thousands of community events throughout the country. Wayne works with Indigenous groups in Cuba, Mexico, Bolivia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Guam developing intercultural art and cultural exchanges with the vision of creating global exhibitions.
In harmony with his photo journalistic work he is recognised as one of the country’s top artists for his diverse art practices including the ‘Lowanna’ series that infuses textures of earth onto the human form. The DJIWARR series exploring connection to country as seen through the latest drone technology and his photographic exhibition of the ‘Apology’, ‘Sorry more than a Word’ that opened at Parliament House in Canberra and continues to inspire audiences around the world.
Creating solo exhibitions in Havana, Tokyo, Mexico City, Caracas, New York and Los Angeles, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and featured at the United Nations, New York and at the Palais De Nations, Geneva. Representing Australia at G’Day LA where his art was seen by more than 20 million people on USA television followed by opening a solo show in New York a week later.
These shows continue his international successes from the Museum of Young Art, Vienna, several galleries in Berlin/Cologne/Dusseldorf/Hamburg as well as Russia, Guam, Indonesia and numerous galleries in Australia. His ‘Towindri’ exhibition in Cairo, Egypt attracted critical acclaim and has since been acquired after touring Riyadh and Beirut.
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