Robert Andrew uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’.
Fusing the old and the new, Andrew uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture.
Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art and an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from Griffith University, where he is currently a post graduate candidate for a Doctorate in Visual Arts.
Andrew won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017). His work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria and has been exhibited as part of Moving Backwards into the Future (2015) and Colony: Frontier Wars (2017) at the Ian Potter Centre at the NGV, as well as Ars Electronica (2017) in Austria. He was commissioned to make Moving from the Binary for the Experimenta Make Sense International Triennial of Media Art. In 2017 Andrew had solos at the Museum of Brisbane and Metro Arts Brisbane. In 2019 Andrew’s work will be included in the The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Current Doctorate in Visual Arts Candidate, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2013 Fine Art Honours, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2012 Bachelor Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2018 Winner, 40th Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2016 Finalist, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, VIC
2016 Finalist, R&M McGivern Painting Prize
2015 Finalist, Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Queensland
2013 Winner, The GAS: Graduate Art Show and The Survey Room Award, Griffith University of Art, Queensland
2013 Winner, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Prize, Brisbane, Queensland
2013 Griffith University Medal of Excellence, Griffith University, Queensland
SELECTED RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Disruptive (ill) logic, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2017 Our Mutable Histories, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane
2016 Scraping Back My Skin, Spiro grace Art Rooms, Brisbane
2014 Residual Risk, The Hold Gallery, West End, Brisbane
SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Robert Andrew & Katie Breckon. Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2018 Colony: Frontier Wars, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Vic., Melbourne
2018 Experimenta Make Sense, The Lock-up, Newcastle, NSW
2018 New Dawn, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2017 Let’s Get Dirt, POP Gallery, Brisbane
2017-2020 Experimenta Make Sense, special commission, in partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne