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Michael Riley

a series of links - including essays by Gael Newton AM



Michael Riley (1960–2004) was an Australian Indigenous photographer and film-maker, and co-founder of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative. A significant figure in Contemporary Indigenous Australian art, Riley's work is held by many public art institutions including the National Gallery of Australia.

Riley's photographs range widely, but with an emphasis on portraiture, and on symbolic, sometimes surreal images.

His parents were churchgoers, and Riley appropriated the iconography of his 'creepy' religious experiences, particularly in projects such as flyblown (1998) and cloud (2000/2005).


Gael Newton essays:

Michael Riley ~ Kristina 1986. Originally published in the NGA's Artonview, winter 2006

Michael Riley: Sights Unseen, essay for the exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia 2006


Other links:

Main Link to the NGA 2006 exhibition - Michael Riley; Sights Unseen

Review ~  Sights Unseen By Robert McFarlane March 21, 2008

The Michael Riley Foundation

Michael Riley at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Exhibition photos of the NGA's exhibition Sights Unseen

University of Technology Sydney - pdf document about CLOUD

2008 online video

Michael Riley at the NGA - use this search - then type in Michael Riley

Michael Riley at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Michael Riley at the National Gallery of Victoria

Obituary for Michael Riley



Link to Gael Newton's Essays and Articles

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