“Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up!”
Celebrating the art and life of Robert Campbell Jnr.
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Aboriginal Emblem,' 1986
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Food, Weapons and Instruments,' 1986
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Having a Good Feed of Witchety Grubs,' 1990
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Making Shields,' 1990
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Giver of Life,' 1986
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Please Don't Rape the Forests,' 1990
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Rape of the Cedar,' 1986
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Women Getting Pandanus Leaves,' 1990
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Getting Cobra,' 1988
Robert Campbell Jnr, 'Roped Off at the Pictures II,' 1986
“Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up!” is the theme of NAIDOC Week 2022.
Robert Campbell Jnr was an artist who embodied this statement, as an artist, a story teller, a truth teller. With both a seriousness and a light-hearted optimism undeserved by the subject matter he painted, he depicted key moments in Australian history, society and cultural practice that went unnoticed by the western history books. Campbell represented the embedded racism that was part of his own experience of growing up in regional NSW. His artworks are energised by his unique visual language, rhythmic lines and circles map the canvases, pulsing with the language, song and dance that had been taken by the very history he painted.
Artbank invites you all to come and share this important and triumphant work on show now in the Artbank Window.
We would love to hear any stories from local community about Robert. We know him as artist and activist but we know many of you knew him as Uncle, Brother, Leader and Friend!
Robert Campbell Jnr (1944 – 1993)
Ngaku, South-east region, Dhungatti, South-east region
Artbank Sydney November 30 2023 to February 5 2024
Artbank Melbourne 18-24 Down Street, Collingwood. 3 October – 17 November 2023