Blak Douglas’s work is very significant, profoundly bold in its depiction and message. What we have here is an artist that is completely dedicated to delivering the truth as he has learnt it. Particularly focusing on what it means to be an Aboriginal man with part Irish decent in the 21st century. All the cultural clichés that haunt him and the ironies present within the “Australian Dream”, Born somewhere in between* here and there, then and now, Adam Hill aka Blak Douglas & his speakeasy, sometimes comical, slapstick yet totally on point and uncensored attitude towards the establishment and all the pawns in the game is a thrilling and absolutely necessary experience for all Australians. A true piece of the underbelly of Australia’s hidden history, Blak Douglas’s work challenges your own moral hygiene & throws you into a deserted landscape where you are completely naked and responsible for what happens in your own backyard!
Blacktown, Liverpool, Campbelltown, & City of Sydney Councils, Aboriginal Art Museum (Utrecht), National Gallery of Australia, National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Australia, Australian Museum, Town Hall Collection and Taipei Museum.
AWARDS / COMPETITIONS
2021 WINNER – The STILL Art Prize, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
2019 FINALIST – The Kings Art Prize
2019 WINNER – The Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery
2019 FINALIST – The Archibald Prize, AGNSW
2019 FINALIST- Muswellbrook Art Prize,
2018 FINALIST- The Archibald Prize, The Blake Prize, King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI art prize, Mosman Art Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award, Blacktown Art Prize, Korean Australian Art Foundation Prize
2017 FINALIST- Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Sydney
2016 FINALIST- Cossack Art Awards, Karatha W.A.
2015 FINALIST- The Archibald Prize, FINALIST- Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize
2014 FINALIST- Mosman Art Prize
2004-9/11-14 FINALIST- Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize (Commended)
2009 HIGHLY COMMENDED- Cricket Art Prize Sydney, FINALIST- Wynne Prize
2003-8 Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award FINALIST
2008 FINALIST- Mil-Pra Art Prize
2007 FINALIST- The Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award
2006 WINNER- Maria Locke Award, Mil-Pra Art Prize
2005-10 FINALIST- Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize
2004 WINNER- Mil-Pra Art Prize, Artist in Residence, The Canberra Grammar School
2003 WINNER- Mil-Pra Art Prize – Liverpool Council Mayor’s Choice Award
2002 WINNER- Blacktown City Art Prize – Inaugural