Robert Andrew selected as finalist in the 2022 Gold Award

Robert Andrew selected as finalist in the 2022 Gold Award


Robert Andrew

Robert Andrew ‘Residues: buru, nagala, ngan-ga II’, 2021, ochres, oxides and chalk on aluminium composite board. Installation view, The Gold Award 2022
Photographer: Tom Degotardi (FMSTUDIOS) Courtesy of Rockhampton Museum of Art


Congratulations to Robert Andrews who has been selected as a finalist in the Gold Award for 2022, presented by The Rockhampton Museum of Art. The invitational award showcases contemporary talent in Australian art with the most outstanding work or works by the winning artist to be acquired.

The fifth iteration of the biennial painting exhibition, The Gold Award 2022 presents a diverse pool of boundary breaking and thought provoking contemporary Australian art by artists from across the nation. The award is a touchstone of contemporary painting, held every two years where artists are invited to present their practice with new works that have not been exhibited elsewhere before.

Born in Perth in 1965, Robert Andrew is a descendant of the Yawuru people, his Country is the lands and waters of the Broome area in the Kimberley Region, Western Australia.

Andrew’s work speaks to the past yet articulates a contemporary relationship to his Country. His work often combines programmable machinery with earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to mine historical, cultural and personal events that have been buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of western culture. There is a continual state of motion conveyed in this work that reflects a circularity in relationships between past and present. The work combines footage sourced from Andrew’s kinetic installations and communicates his evolving relationship to Country as he continues to uncover his familial history.

Robert Andrew is also participating in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art, commencing 12 March. His work has been presented in major exhibitions in Australia and internationally including: Yokohama Triennale, Japan, 2020; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2020; The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2019; Colony: Frontier Wars, National Gallery of Victoria, 2018; and Ars Electronica, Austria, 2017.