We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Craig Handley Funny hahas and bloody galahs

oil on linen

155 x 185.5 cm

Sometimes I feel certain about what I am about to embark upon the moment I pick up a brush. At other times I must allow myself to surrender to my doubts in the hope that eventually I am asking the right questions of myself. It can be a risky high-wire walk.

So, Funny hahas and bloody galahs is about a collective loss, an inability to hold onto joy without the constant clicking, tapping and swiping. It’s about falling for the snake charmer’s music and the panacea of a modern medicine man’s magic all dressed up with the jingles and flashy cuts of the sale frenzy.

Craig Handley, 2018