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Annandale, New South Wales, Australia 1911 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1946

  • England 1937-39

not titled [Group of figures]. (1933-46)
Collection Title: Sketchbook mainly of figures, groups and probably posters
Page: Leaf 40 recto.
Materials & Technique: drawings, sketchbooks, graphite; paper drawing in black pencil Support: paper

Dimensions: sheet 12.4 h x 20.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Jean Appleton 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.2298.44
  • Gift to the Australian National Gallery, from Jean Appleton, the artist's widow, Sydney, June 1989.

A prolific artist of international standing, Richard Bell was born in Charleville, Queensland, from the Kimilaroi tribe. Exhibiting from London and Dusseldorf to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Richard has generated broad popularity for his vivid, complex canvasses. Employing totemic animal, dot application, cross hatching and traditional hand stencils, many of his works examine the historical treatment of Aboriginal people after European settlement. Through intricate symbolism, he conveys the beliefs of Aboriginal people and the importance of their traditional country and deeply religious inheritance. Creating paintings with multiple significance, Richard responds to the issues of discrimination, oppression and frustrations felt by Aboriginal artists.

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