Will Coles X Blak Douglas
Have you noticed a quirky collection of hand-painted concrete sculptures latching onto the surfaces of 107 Redfern St??
This fun permanent exhibition has been made by friends and collaborators Blak Douglas and Will Coles.
There are 11 in total, can you find them all?
Originally trained in illustration & photography, observing a family of artisans, became self–practiced in painting with a style influenced by the study of Graphic Design & devoutly politicised per social justice. Works collected by AAMU (Utrecht), NGA, NMA, NMM, Town Hall Collection, Taipei Museum & Regional Councils.
A classically trained Yidaki (Didgeridoo) player. Performances include- Festival of the Dreaming, Australian Idol final, The Deadlys, Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, ‘Requiem’ Peter Sculthorpe & Inter/national tours (Musica Viva) and Paul Jarman Projects. Currently performing the informative ‘Adamriginal’ Show throughout Primary schools across the continent through Young Australia Workshops.
Born in Warwickshire, I grew up in the Suffolk countryside and spent several years in London and Glasgow before moving to Sydney, Australia. My grandfather, Norman Sillman, is a sculptor so I had easy access to modern and classical art and art theory when I was growing up.
For my official art training I went to Ravensbourne College of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and Glasgow School of Art
Generally when I sculpt figures they are usually reduced to torsos, sometimes with a limb or two, or with a mechanical or architectural growth where a limb generally projects. These can be considered more classical, conservative or old skool depending on your views of modern art.
Some of my favourite periods, people and concepts in art history include Ancient Greek, West African, Michelangelo, Japanese Ukiyo-e, Chinese calligraphy, Moore, Rodin, street art, Goldsworthy, McCullin, Rothko, Hamilton-Finlay, Richier. These interests have shaped the work that I have created.