Tony Albert - The Hand You’re Dealt, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Photo: Sam Noonan

The Artists

Discover some of the contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists featured in Defying Empire


Tony Albert

Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary visibility and much critical acclaim for his visual art practice, which combines text, video, drawing, painting and three-dimensional objects. Examining the legacy of racial and cultural misrepresentation, particularly of Australia’s Aboriginal people, Albert has developed a universal language that seeks to rewrite historical mistruths and injustice.

Brenda L Croft

Brenda L Croft is one of Australia’s most celebrated multi-disciplinary artists, with a specialist interest Indigenous issues. She is an artist, a researcher, educator, and independent curator. Her mixed heritage provides a deep basis of understanding from which to explore issues faced by contemporary Indigenous people and the ongoing challenges of colonization to communities, culture, and society.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi peoples of south-east Australia. He works across a range of mediums, from printmaking and drawing to sculpture and film, utilising everyday materials in minimal repeated forms to explore and interrogate cultural and historical relationships and ideas from Indigenous perspectives and traditions. 

Yvonne Koolmatrie Yvonne Koolmatrie is a renowned master weaver who has devoted her artistic practice to reviving the traditional fibre weaving techniques that are firmly embedded in Ngarrindjeri culture. Perfecting the coiled bundle method of weaving sedge grass and rushes, Koolmatrie has developed her own distinctive style and stitch, creating intricate sculptural forms that are infused with stories from her culture in a blend of tradition and innovation.
Archie Moore Archie Moore works across media in portrayals of self and national histories. His ongoing interests include key signifiers of identity – skin, language, smell, home, flags – as well as the borders of intercultural understanding and misunderstanding, including the wider concerns of racism. Uncertainty is an ongoing theme pertaining to his paternity and Kamilaroi heritage.

Judy Watson Judy Watson uses printmaking, drawing, painting and installation to explore themes relating to her Aboriginal heritage.Watson’s matrilineal family is from Waanyi country in Northwest Queensland and her work is inspired by traditional Waanyi culture.
Vicki West Vicki West is a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist of the Trawlwoolway people from the North East coast region. She draws on traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practices and materials to create contemporary artworks that explore and celebrate cultural survival in the face of continuing colonial myths of the extinction of her people. - in her own words  "we are still here".

Jason Wing Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community.  


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Header image: The Hand You're Dealt by Tony Albert, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf. Photo: Sam Noonan