Split between old and new Robert Andrew explores his Australian indigenous heritage with the use of contemporary technology. Water, ochre, and oxides dominate his choice of materials as he combines the personal and the local with the global technological narrative. Andrew’s work is concerned with uncovering, revealing and re-presenting aspects of Australian indigenous history that have been previously hidden, distorted and denied.
Andrew has completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art with honours from the Queensland College or Art and is currently undertaking his doctorate. His artwork ‘Moving out of Muteness’ has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria and was displayed in their exhibition ‘Indigenous Art: Moving backwards into the future’ (2015). In 2017 the Museum of Brisbane hosted his solo exhibition ‘Our Mutable Histories’, and his work has featured in various exhibitions including; the 2016 Tarrawarra Biennale; ‘Drawn to Experience v2’, Australian National University Gallery (2015); ‘Discerning Judgement’, Supreme Court Library of Brisbane (2015); ‘Offset’, State Library Queensland (2014); and ‘Solid!’, Cairns Regional Gallery (2014). He was the recipient of The Gas: Graduate Art Show and Survey Room Award (2013) and the St Andrew’s War memorial Hospital Art Prize (2013). He was a finalist in the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (2016); the R&M McGivern Painting Prize (2016); and the Churchie National Emerging Art Award (2015). In 2014 he completed a commission for Kiln Media in Canada.