Image: Richard Griffiths, From Back to Burra Bee Dee Series, 2016, linocut
The exhibition Back to Burra Bee Dee by Burnie-based artist Richard Griffiths will be opened on Friday 8 June 2018 at 6 pm at the Devonport Regional Gallery.
Mr Griffiths was born in Coonabarabran, NSW, and grew up on an Aboriginal mission called Burra Bee Dee, which means flying fox, or flying mice.
He said that when he lived on the mission he wasn’t allowed to practice his culture but now he is free to explore and learn about his culture through art making.
Mr Griffiths moved from NSW to Burnie, Tasmania, in 1984 with his wife and son. He had always drawn farm houses and cartoon figures and in 2008 enrolled in a Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts course at TasTAFE.
He began working on the Back to Burra Bee Dee series in 2016 when he spent time on King Island and researched images and text about his family and Burra Bee Dee.
The series of black and white linocuts have evolved from this research and tell stories about his own, and his ancestors, past.
The linocuts were made by Richard Griffiths and printed by Nilissa Wood.
The Little Gallery Project Space is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and engaging concepts.
Opening: Friday 8 June, 6 pm
Exhibition Dates 9 June – 1 July 2018.