REKO RENNIE PAINTS BRIGGS FOR ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2016
Reko Rennie is a multimedia artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through various contemporary mediums. He is a member of the Kamilaroi/Gummaroi/Gamilaraay tribes from the Hunter River area in New South Wales, and is now based in Fitzroy.
His submission to the Archibald Prize 2016 was a portrait of Briggs, which depicts him standing in front of a Rolls Royce with the letters “OA” painted over the image, standing for Original Aboriginal. These letters are present in many of Rennie’s paintings and installations, all of which explore issues of identity, race, justice, health, education, land rights and Stolen Generations. He calls out and challenges racism and inaccurate or misleading depictions of Indigenous people in the media, calling for “ethical, accurate and fair reporting”.
His work has been exhibited in the prodigious Venice Biennale, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Contemporary, National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery Salihara in Jakarta, as well as in many smaller galleries and exhibitions across the country.
Check out Rennie’s Archibald submission and portrait of Briggs here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BG3aYR-BST9/
Reko Rennie’s website: http://rekorennie.com/