The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.
At its core, painting is a strange act: pushing and pulling of coloured pigment in an attempt to make manifest a thought, an idea, or an observation. Reasons for how, why, and what to paint have changed drastically in the 21st century, and the next generation of artists are busy co-opting this powerful medium to express their new realities. For the final issue of the NAG YAG Y2C zine, local artists Gillian Adamson and Ruby Hart divulge their unique practices and show us some of the works they love from the NAG collection.
Curated by Benji Crocker
Videography by Wanjun Carpenter
“THE AMOUNT OF COLOURS AND THE BRUSH STROKES ARE JUST INCREDIBLE AND YOU’D HAVE TO BE SO CONFIDENT IN WHAT YOU’RE PAINTING. AND THAT KIND OF TRANSITION FROM INSIDE TO OUTSIDE IS ALMOST LIKE THIS WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES. POSSIBILITIES IS WHAT COMES TO MIND.” — G. ADAMSON.
“I LIKE THE CHARACTER OF THAT LITTLE CAT, SHE PUTS THEM ON SUCH A PEDESTAL. SHE CLEARLY HAS SO MUCH LOVE FOR HIM AND ADORES HIM. I LOVE HER PAINTING STYLE, EVERYTHING IS REALLY CLEAR AND IT’S KIND OF REALISTIC BUT LOOSE AND REALLY WELL DONE.” — R. HART.