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A changing continent



Alternate image of A changing continent by Jeffrey Samuels
Alternate image of A changing continent by Jeffrey Samuels
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on hardboard
    187.0 x 124.2 cm sight; 188.8 x 126.0 x 2.4 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1986
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Jeffrey Samuels

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    Artist information
    Jeffrey Samuels

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Jeffrey Samuels’ is an artist, teacher and community advocate and was a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, established in Redfern in 1987.

    Acquired in 1986, 'A changing continent' was the first work by an Aboriginal artist from New South Wales to enter the Art Gallery’s collection. It belongs to a series of works Samuels made following a 1983 residency with Lardil elder Lyndsey Roughsey. In 1988 he spoke about the inspiration for the series and their connection to his identity:

    This map of Australia series comes from the experience and the time that I spent with traditional people in the Gulf of Carpentaria on Mornington Island. And they came out of me learning traditional culture or traditional painting. I found it worked better using the map of Australia and earth ochres to portray my feeling and to do this kind of series of works.

    My identity is my skin colour. My identity is in the land. The identity comes out of me and goes on the canvas. I’m always thinking about past, present, and the future. That is my identity.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    New South Wales

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication