Richard Bell

Richard Bell lives and works in Brisbane. He is a descendent of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Goreng Goreng peoples. He was an activist and community worker for the New South Wales Aboriginal Legal Service in the 1980s before becoming a full-time artist and co-founding the Aboriginal art collectives Campfire Group in 1990 and proppaNow in 2004. He works across painting, installation, performance, and video. Bell is one of Australia’s most significance artists and his work explores the complex artistic and political problems of Western, colonial and Indigenous art production. He grew out of a generation of Aboriginal activists and has remained committed to the politics of Aboriginal emancipation and self-determination.