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Waterline Art Gallery


‘Invading Identity’

Brad Webb creates a new dimension

Ettalong Beach. ‘Slavery’ is the powerful and confronting centerpiece of the art exhibition at Waterline. Local Artist Brad Webb shows his distinctive work till the end of May. For the Gallery at the Re:Publik Café it is the first time, to show the work of an indigenous artist: all paintings tell a story, shown next to the work.

In his compelling paintings, Brad addresses nearly all social issues that occurred over the past 230 years. The artist identifies key historical narratives which for him ‘illustrates the truth of colonialism’. Brad Webb: “It concludes with the reality of contemporary themes. It is my own lived experience together with the collective experience of participants of my research.”

Brad was the art curator of the Aboriginal Arts Pavilion for the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics in 2000. In 2013 the artist was a finalist in the NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Prize. Several group exhibitions between 1992 and 2013 were shown all over Australia. Subsequently, many solo exhibitions followed and again took his work all over Australia.

“Our art schedule is drawn up well into 2022”, said café owner Catherine McDonald, “The current artworks show the difficulty of indigenous people to connect to identity of a culture. But the artist tries to demonstrate how these issues can be articulated in visual form”.

From May onwards, local artist Cheryl McCoy will be exhibiting at the Re:Publik Café, which had great success with her previous show. From July, watercolour artists Susie Linigen and Marlene Palagyi will be exhibiting at the gallery.

The café is open seven days from 9.00 am, special viewings can be arranged by appointment (4311 6842).

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