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(1944 – 1992), Australia

Robert Campbell Jnr Biography

As one of the first prominent Aboriginal artists, Robert Campbell Jnr belonged to the Ngaku people, whose traditions were facing extinction in the face of European rule. Yet his father- a known boomerang maker- would take him into the Macleay River bushes where they searched for materials and painted landscapes for the tourist trade. Later the artist developed this into his trademark style: bold compositions that recalled the recent history of Aboriginal-European contact. His cartoon like paintings depict episodes of brutal colonial practices that attempted to 'breed out' an entire race, and then forcing them into a state of poverty, as well as scenes of idyllic communal life- a Paradise lost.

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His practice draws on the rock painting and the decorative techniques of south-eastern Aborigines as well as the spiritual dimension that makes up the foundations of their daily experience of nature. The strongly narrative character of his paintings reconcile his own personal, and traumatic, experiences with a sense of optimism for the cultural and social relations of Australia.

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Untitled 15.1.1991 by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Untitled 15.1.1991, 1991 acrylic on canvas
54 x 94 cm
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Untitled 28.5.91 by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Untitled 28.5.91, 1991 acrylic on canvas
49 x 87.5 cm
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Untitled 17.6.1989 by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Untitled 17.6.1989, 1989 acrylic on canvas
53 x 81.5 cm
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Riding on Macleay by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Riding on Macleay, 1987 acrylic on canvas
73 x 111 cm
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Fishing and swimming at Turoolka by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Fishing and swimming at Turoolka, 1991 acrylic on canvas
57.5 x 100 cm
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Cry of Asia by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Cry of Asia, 1989 acrylic on canvas
223 x 283.5 cm
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Blue Light Man (3.8.89) by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Blue Light Man (3.8.89), 1989 acrylic on canvas
93 x 53.5 cm
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Kangaroo and Witchety Grubs by Robert Campbell Jnr contemporary artwork painting
Robert Campbell Jnr Kangaroo and Witchety Grubs, 1990 acrylic on canvas
111 x 56 cm
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