. Gary Foley's Koori History Website - Great Moments in Indigenous History - Richard Bell

Rampaging Richard Bell Wins Telstra National Aboriginal Arts Award

One of the most provocative and uncompromisingly brilliant of today's crop of contemporary indigenous artists, the raucous, rebellious and rampaging Richard Bell has pulled his best stunt yet by winning the prestigious 20th Telstra National Aboriginal Arts Award in August 2003. His winning entry was titled Scienta E Metaphysica (Bell's Theorum) , or "Aboriginal Art Its a White Thing". He caused a minor sensation when presented with the award at a ceremony in Darwin when he wore one of the more provocative of his range of personally designed T-Shirts which caused an instant knee-jerk reaction from the ever so politically correct ones at the gathering. As a result he was pilloried in the NT government chamber by no less than Chief Minister Clare Martin, which delighted Richard because of the invaluable national publicity it generated for him, his work and his win!

Read the essay: - "Bell's Theorum - Aboriginal Art, Its a White Thing"

One of the great aspects of Bell's art is the debate that it provokes. For a sample of some of that debate and discussion click any of the following:-

"I am not Sorry": Richard Bell Out of Context - Rex Butler & Morgan Thomas
Who's Dreaming Now? - Morgan Thomas
Outside the square - Debra Aldred
White Girls Can't Hump? - Jane Rankin-Reid
Bell's theorem of Aboriginal art: it's a white thing - The Brisbane Institute
A profile of Artist Richard Bell - Nancia Guivarra - ABC Radio
Black Belting - - Diana Bagnall.
This Queensland painter doesn't mind having controversy on his palette - SMH
Cultural Con/Texts: Apologists vs. Apologies - Brenda Croft.
Art of the heartland - Courier Mail.
Open Hearted, Open Handed, Open Minded

To see a gallery of other samples of Richard Bell's work click here - The Art of Richard Bell