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Michael Riley (artist)

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Name  Michael Riley
Role  Artist
Died  2004, Sydney, Australia

Michael Riley (artist) wwwartgallerynswgovaumediacollectionimages
Education  Sydney College of the Arts
Artwork  Linda Burney and Binni (baby), Young footy players

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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.


Michael Riley (artist) Michael Riley The Collection Art Gallery NSW

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Life and work

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Riley was born in 1960 in Dubbo, central New South Wales, to Allen Riley and Dorothy, née Wright. His early years were spent on the Talbragar Aboriginal Reserve with his parents and siblings David, Wendy and Carol. Riley moved to Sydney in 1976, and attended a photography course at the Tin Sheds, University of Sydney. He subsequently worked as a technician in the photography department of the Sydney College of the Arts, where he continued to study.

Michael Riley (artist) RealTime Arts Magazine issue 50 Featured Artist

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).

Michael Riley (artist) Art Gallery of New South Wales Archive Michael Riley

Many of Riley's photographs and films explore Indigenous identity, experience and politics, including Malangi: A day in the life of a bark painter (1991), Poison (1991), Blacktracker (1996), and Tent Boxers (2000).

Riley's work was amongst that of eight Australian Indigenous artists selected for an architectural commission for the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.


  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Dubbo Regional Art Gallery
  • Macarthur College of Advanced Education
  • Moree Regional Gallery
  • Museum of Sydney
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Museum of Australia
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • Sydney International Airport
  • University of Sydney
  • Films (including shorts)

  • Boomalli: Five Koorie Artists (1988)
  • Breakthrough series: Alice (1988)
  • Dreamings: The art of Aboriginal Australia (1988)
  • Frances (1990)
  • Malangi: A day in the life of a bark painter (1991)
  • Poison (1991)
  • Quest for country (1993)
  • Welcome to my Koori world (1993)
  • A passage through the aisles (1994)
  • Kangaroo dancer (1994)
  • Eora (1995)
  • Blacktracker (1996)
  • The masters (1996)
  • Empire (1997)
  • I don't wanna be a bludger (1999)
  • Tent boxers (2000)
  • References

    Michael Riley (artist) Wikipedia

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