Initially conceived in 1995 as a means for providing work readiness experience across a range of fields, including visual arts, for post-primary students within the Lockhart River community, the Art Gang has evolved to become a vital group of experienced, talented artists who use art to tell the stories from their traditional countries.
The group started by concentrating on the production of fine art printmaking. From here, artists began to experiment with other media and soon they were developing very personalised styles which drew attention from art aficionados from across the globe.
“These young Aboriginal artists were born into a contemporary world of inherent cross-culturalism and dynamic information exchange, and their aesthetic outlook reflects this world. All of their art is about Sandbeach people and place, but this communal bond is expressed in various styles ranging from naïve landscape and reference to traditional iconography to figurative expressionism, abstract fields of colour and linear minimalism.”
‘Our Way’ Education Kit, The University of Queensland Art Museum