Vernon Ah Kee

Vernon Ah Kee (born 1967) is an Australian award-winning artist, political activist and founding member of ProppaNOW. He is an Aboriginal Australian man with ties to the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples in Queensland, Australia. His art practice typically focuses on his Aboriginal Australian identity and place within a modern Australian framework. He is a contemporary artist, based primarily in Brisbane, and is regarded as one of Australia's most prominent, active artists. Ah Kee has exhibited his art at numerous galleries across Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW)[1] and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. He has also exhibited internationally, most notably at the 2009 Venice Biennale and the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, having been chosen to represent Australia.

Vernon Ah Kee
Portrait of Vernon Ah Kee.jpg
Born1967 (1967) (age 54)
NationalityAustralian
EducationQueensland College of Art
Known forPainting, text art, installation art, mixed media
Notable work
Tall Man
MovementUrban Indigenous art
Awards2012 Finalist, Archibald Prize
2012 Visual Artist of the Year, Deadly Awards
2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize
2018 Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship

Ah Kee has a very diverse art practice, using a broad range of techniques and media such as painting, installation, photography and text-based art. He is particularly renowned for his manipulation of colonial language and imagery to highlight racial issues in Australia. His exhibitions generally receive positive reviews and his works are hosted in both public and private collections around the world.

In 2003, Ah Kee, along with other Indigenous Australian artists Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd and Joshua Herd, created ProppaNOW – an organisation dedicated to supporting urban Indigenous artists in Brisbane and combating cultural stereotypes.

He was awarded the Australia Council's Visual Arts Fellowship in 2018.

Personal life and educationEdit

Vernon Ah Kee was born in Innisfail, Queensland in 1967 to Merv and Margaret Ah Kee, who were Indigenous rights activists.[2] Like most other Indigenous people in Australia, the family was not included in the population census until 1971.[3] He is an Aboriginal Australian, of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Ggu Yimithirr peoples in Queensland. He also has some Chinese ancestry from his great-grandfather, but Ah Kee has stated that he identifies more with his Indigenous heritage.[2]

His family moved to Cairns when he was a teenager, and Ah Kee sketched avidly at this time.[2]

 
Queensland College of the Art

Ah Kee started his Bachelor of Visual Art at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane in 1996. He majored in Contemporary Indigenous Australian art and earned his degree in 1998. He then went on to do honours in fine art from 1999 to 2000, and then completed a doctorate in fine art from 2001 to 2007. During his studies, he had two solo exhibitions hosted at his college's art gallery as part of his postgraduate work – whitefella normal blackfella me in 2000 and con Text in 2007.[4]

In 2014, his father died in a car accident. In 2017 Ah Kee drew Portrait of My Father, a task that he described as a "labour of love".[5]

Ah Kee suffered a heart attack in 2016 but managed to recover in time for his 2017 exhibition Not an animal or a plant.[2][6]

CareerEdit

Art practiceEdit

While Ah Kee incorporates a broad range of different art mediums, from life drawings to video installations, a consistent theme across all of his artworks is his examination of racism in Australia.[7][8][9][10][11][5][12] Ah Kee has said that his art practice has been influenced by a wide range of artists and styles, but most significantly by other Indigenous artists such as Kevin Gilbert, Trevor Nickolls, Richard Bell and Gordon Bennett, stating that "I can see my own life and history"[13] in their artworks. In particular, Bell and Bennett's manipulation of colonial text and images encouraged him to broaden his art practice and experiment with media beyond drawing - the text art, in particular, is a common technique among ProppaNOW artists.[14] He also credits the politics of Malcolm X and James Baldwin, two prominent African American activists, as early inspirations for both his art practice and personal activism, as well as Barbara Kruger's propaganda-inspired art.[15]

Many of his text-based artworks contain colonial language that have been manipulated and rewritten to create a secondary meaning, such as his 2003 austracism being a play on the word "ostracism",[11] and 2009 becauseitisbitter appropriating a poem from American poet Stephen Crane to portray an Indigenous experience of contemporary Australia. It has been suggested that the black and white text introduces the concept of racial relations in Australia[9] and that the word play makes the audience think more deeply on the issues represented.[1] The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia described his text-based art as "...point[ing] to prejudices and agendas embedded in Australian society and politics. These puns and words-within-words fuse the history and language of colonisation with contemporary experiences and issues".[16]

Ah Kee has also engaged with drawing and painting mediums to highlight the modern Indigenous experience. fantasies of the good is a series of 13 detailed charcoal life drawings of different members of Ah Kee's family, who are all identified by name. The series uses a mug-shot style and is suggested to reference the documentation of Indigenous Australians by some anthropologists in the twentieth century; the Indigenous people who were documented were unnamed and the works were rather referred to by numbers. Ah Kee wanted to convey Australia's history of racism and has stated that "These drawings and what they represent are my evidence".[17] His 2012 portrait, I see deadly people: Lex Wotton, depicted the titular man through bold paint strokes[18] Ah Kee explained that Wotton's actions during the Palm Island Riots led to him being negatively misrepresented in the media, and the artist decided that "Lex should look bold and brave" in his portrait.[18]

Ah Kee has used video installation art, most notably in his exhibition Tall Man, to create confronting reflections of Australian racism. In Tall Man, Ah Kee collected and edited footage from the Palm Island riots, an event that occurred after the death of Indigenous man Cameron Doomadgee in police custody, and retold the controversial story from an Indigenous perspective.[19][20] The installation played across four screens and juxtaposed a peaceful representation of Palm Island with the chaos of the riots, concluding with footage of protesters holding up signs with Christian-related statements such as "Thou shalt not covet the land no more". Maura Reilly suggests this was to reference the hypocrisy of white Australian Christians in their treatment of Indigenous peoples.[19]

His recent work, the island, also features a video installation, in which Ah Kee highlights Australia's "brutal" immigration system through the recounting of an Afghani refugee couple's story, rather than wholly focusing on the experiences of Indigenous Australians.[21]

proppaNOWEdit

Along with Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd and Joshua Herd, all artists based in Brisbane, Ah Kee is a founding member of proppaNOW.[14] Bell had stated in 2002: "Aboriginal art – its a white thing", saying that the industry was controlled by white people,[22] a sentiment echoed by Ah Kee.[15] The ProppaNOW artists seek to refute the white belief that remote Indigenous Australians are the only true Aboriginal people, and to re-establish the presence of urban Indigenous people in society. The founding members created the organisation after the government's Queensland Indigenous Artists Marketing Export Agency (QIAMEA) appeared to focus more on Indigenous artists from rural communities than on those from urban areas.[14]

At a Canberra proppaNOW exhibition in 2007, Ah Kee displayed his artwork You Deicide. Senior Curator at the National Museum of Australia, Margo Neale, suggested that the work's deliberate misuse of deicide was a comment on the role of Christian-based religions in the "cultural terrorism" of Aboriginal people, and that the manipulation of colonial language in the work was a common "tactical device used by the proppaNOW artists".[14]

Dark + DisturbingEdit

Dark + Disturbing is a curatorial project by Ah Kee.[23] In August 2015, he mounted the exhibition Dark + Disturbing: Gordon Hookey for proppaNOW at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, featuring the work of fellow collaborator in proppaNow, Gordon Hookey.[24]

ReceptionEdit

Reviews and criticisms of his artEdit

Ah Kee has generally received positive reviews of his art, often being praised for his clever reinventions of colonial language to highlight racism in Australia and noted for the dual personal and political nature of his art.[12][18][10][25] His Tall Man exhibition, a video and text installation of the Palm Island Riots, was called a "smartly composed yet painful examination of racial relations in Australia" by Art Asia Pacific Magazine.[19]

Art critic and broadcaster Andrew Frost reviewed some of Ah Kee's works at the Sydney Festival and quotes the artist: "this is not history, this is my life" and "this is not political, it's personal". Frost gave particular praise for the artist's charcoal drawings of his family, the form referencing the documentation of Indigenous peoples by 20th century anthropologists, finding that Ah Kee was personalising a traditionally impersonal genre.[10]

When Ah Kee was awarded the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, one of the judges, National Art School Curator Judith Blackall, also noted the dual political and personal nature of Ah Kee's work and how it impacts the audience. In regard to his portrait of Lex Wotton, she stated that “Vernon’s masterful drawing technique of charcoal and acrylic paint on canvas goes from strength to strength. This portrait is particularly powerful as it shows Lex Wotton – who the artist knows well as he is married to Vernon’s cousin – in profile, with an intense gaze. Importantly, the story behind the portrait is of great significance, both personally for the artist and politically for Australia".[25]

In Ah Kee's 2020 exhibition, The Island, Andrew Brooks suggested that the show was criticising the romanticised, white settler mythology of Australia and was trying to remind the audience of Australia's indigenous presence. Unlike Frost, Brooks determined the inclusion of the Yuendumu doors to be "a powerful statement about the continuity of Indigenous sovereignty in this country", especially in their juxtaposition with the Walpiri Dreamtime paintings. Brooks judged that the contrast between the racist graffiti of Yuendumu doors and the "vibrant" Dreamtime paintings indicated that indigenous culture was more than what white Australian culture limited it to be.[26]

AwardsEdit

In 2012, Ah Kee was a finalist for the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Archibald Prize with his portrait I see deadly people: Lex Wotton. Wootton man is Ah Kee's cousin-in-law and was a key figure in the Palm Island Riots of 2004.[18] In the same year, Ah Kee was also awarded Visual Artist of the Year in the Deadly Awards, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment & Community Awards.[27]

In 2014, the A$25,000 Redlands Konika Minolta established artist prize was awarded to Ah Kee for his charcoal rendition of Lex Wotton.[25]

In 2018, Ah Kee was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts. The fellowship is worth up to A$80,000 and awarded to prominent artists in mid-career. Ah Kee planned to use his fellowship grant to exhibit his work in England and at other galleries abroad, as well as to produce new artworks.[28]

MediaEdit

In 2020 Ah Kee featured as one of six Indigenous artists in the ABC TV series This Place: Artist Series. The series is a partnership between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Gallery of Australia, in which the producers travelled to the countries of "some of Australia's greatest Indigenous artists to share stories about their work, their country, and their communities".[29][30]

ExhibitionsEdit

As of 31 December 2019, Ah Kee has displayed his art at 30 solo exhibitions and 100 group exhibitions, all around the world.[4] He continues to create and exhibit his art in 2020,[7] with plans to exhibit more of his work abroad.[28] The following table lists his exhibitions to date.[4][7][26]

Exhibition History
Year Exhibition Exhibition Type Gallery Place Country
1999 If I was White Solo Metro Arts Centre Brisbane Australia
2000 The Which Way Solo Queensland College of Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
2001 whitefella normal blackfella me Solo (Postgraduate) Queensland College of Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
2002 non-People Solo Bellas Gallery Brisbane Australia
Transit Narratives Group Centro per la Arti Visive LE VENEZIE Treviso Italy
Salone espositivo Auronzo di Cadore Italy
Municipio Group Queensland College of Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
Victorian College of the Arts Melbourne Australia
2003 consent Solo Gallery 1 of the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
Places That Name Us Group Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne Australia
1 Square Mile, Brisbane Boundaries Group Museum of Brisbane Brisbane Australia
Abstractions Group The Drill Hall Canberra, ACT Australia
This Is Not America Group (unmentioned) Düsseldorf Germany
Queensland College of Art Brisbane Australia
Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest Group Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
4 x 4 Group Institute of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
5 White Cubes Group Forum Kunst Art Residency Rottweil Germany
Feedback: Art, Social Consciousness and Resistance Group Museum of Art Melbourne Australia
2004 fantasies of the good Solo Bellas Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
skin Group Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart, Tas. Australia
Cultural Copy: Visual Conversations on Indigenous Art and Cultural Appropriation Group Fowler Museum of Cultural History Los Angeles USA
blak insights: Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Queensland Art Gallery Group Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
ART TV 2004: Australian Culture Now Group Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne Australia
Spirit and Vision: Aboriginal Art Group Sammlung Essl—Kunsthaus Klosterneuburg Austria
2005 you must hit Solo Bellas Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
mythunderstanding Solo Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Adelaide Australia
ARC Art Group Design & Craft Biennial, Brisbane City Hall Brisbane Australia
Thick and Fast Group The Powerhouse Brisbane Australia
Art Urbain du Pacific Group Diff’ Art Pacific, The Castle of St-Auvent Saint Auvent France
The Grey Voice Group Tin Sheds Gallery Sydney Australia
Untitled Group The Lane Gallery Auckland New Zealand
Face Value: Video portraiture from the Pacific Group Ivan Dougherty Gallery Sydney Australia
Museum of Brisbane Brisbane Australia
2006 not an animal or a plant Solo Bellas Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Yours, Mine, Ours: The ABC of Everything Group Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney Australia
There Goes the Neighbourhood Group Ambleside Street Studio Brisbane Australia
Colonial to Contemporary Group Dell Gallery Brisbane Australia
The Sixth Drawing Biennale Group Drill Hall Gallery, ANU Canberra Australia
MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006 Group Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Australia
Radical Regionalism: The Empire of Shadows Group Museum of London London United Kingdom
(unmentioned) Ontario Canada
Queensland Live Group (tour) Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
(unmentioned) Gladstone, Qld Australia
(unmentioned) Logan, Vic. Australia
(unmentioned) Bundaberg Australia
(unmentioned) Cairns Australia
(unmentioned) Ipswich, Qld Australia
(unmentioned) Cleveland, Qld Australia
(unmentioned) Mackay, Qld Australia
(unmentioned) Toowoomba, Qld Australia
Dancelines Group George Adams Gallery, The Arts Centre Melbourne Australia
2007 cant chant Solo Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Brisbane Australia
unwritten Solo Bellas Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
conText Solo (Postgraduate) Queensland College of Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
Drawings Solo Brisbane State High School Brisbane Australia
Power & Beauty: Indigenous Art Now Group Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne Australia
Regionalisms Group University of Queensland Art Museum Brisbane Australia
National Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors Group National Gallery of Art Canberra Australia
The Amersham Trophy Group Ambleside Street Studio, West End Brisbane Australia
Sunshine State Group Smart State, Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney Australia
Friendly Fire Group (ProppaNOW) George Petelin Gallery Gold Coast, Qld Australia
Thresholds of Tolerance Group School of Art Gallery Canberra Australia
Raised by Wolves Group Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth Australia
2008 belief suspension Solo Artspace Sydney Australia
borninthisskin Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Revolutions: Forms that Turn Group 2008 Biennale of Sydney Sydney Australia
In the space of elsewhere Group Stanley Picker Gallery London England
New Millennium Group Lismore Regional Gallery Lismore, NSW Australia
On Paper Group Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Optimism Group Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
2009 Once Removed Group 53rd Venice Biennale of Art Venice, Italy Australia
Terra Nullius: Contemporary Art from Australia Group ACC Galerie Weimar Germany
I walk the line: new Australian drawing Group Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Australia
Avoiding myth and message: Australian artists & the literary world Group Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Australia
2010 Tall Man Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Vernon Ah Kee Solo City Gallery Wellington New Zealand
Waru Solo Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
Kick Arts, Contemporary Arts Cairns, Qld Australia
Blow your house in Solo Mackenzie Art Gallery Regina Canada
becauseitisbitter Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
roundabout. Group City Gallery Wellington Wellington New Zealand
Basil Sellers Art Prize, Group Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne Australia
National Works on Paper Award Group Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Melbourne Australia
Jus’ Drawn, Group Linden Contemporary Arts Centre Melbourne Australia
PUTSCH proppaNOW Group (proppaNOW Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Adelaide Australia
2011 Tall Man Solo Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne Australia
Bad Sign Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Barack Commissions Group National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne Australia
The Black Sea. Group Kickarts Contemporary Arts Cairns, Qld Australia
Counting Coup, Group Museum of Contemporary Native Art New Mexico USA
Evolving Identities: Contemporary Indigenous Art Group John Curtin Gallery Perth, WA Australia
Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing Group (Asialink) Nanwang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery (NAFA) (unmentioned) Singapore
PSG Art Gallery, Silpakorn University Bangkok Thailand
Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Art Gallery Chiang Mai Thailand
Khon Kaen University Art Gallery Khon Kaen Thailand
National Art School Sydney Australia
Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James Sourris Collection Group Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
2012 Hallmarks of the Hungry Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Everything Falls Apart Group Artspace Sydney Australia
Propositions Part 2 Group Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Negotiating this World: Contemporary Australian Art Group National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne Australia
unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial Group National Gallery of Australia Canberra Australia
The Future’s Not What it Used to Be Group Touring Chapter Gallery Cardiff, Wales Australia
Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange Cornwall England
Making Change: Celebrating the 40 Years of Australia-China Diplomatic Relations Group NAMOC Beijing China
COFA Sydney Australia
2013 Invasion Paintings Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
My Country: I Still Call Australia Home Group Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
Voice and Reason Group Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
Sakahan: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art Group National Gallery of Canada Ottawa Canada
Shadowlife Group Bendigo Art Gallery Bendigo, Vic. Australia
2014 Brutalities Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Saltwater Country Group Gold Coast City Gallery Gold Coast, Qld Australia
Subject to Ruin Group Casula Power House Casula, NSW Australia
Four Rooms Group Adelaide Festival Adelaide Australia
2015 Encounters Group National Museum of Australia Canberra Australia
Propositions Three Group Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
When Silence Falls Group Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney Australia
Brutal Truths, Group Griffith University Art Museum Brisbane Australia
The 14th Istanbul Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms Group (multiple venues)[31] Istanbul Turkey
GOMA Q Group Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
Imaginary Accord Group Institute of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
Blackout Group Sydney College of the Arts Sydney Australia
See You at the Barricades Group Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney Australia
2016 Sugar Spin: You, me, art and everything Group Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia

Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia,

Group Harvard Art Museums Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
With Secrecy and Despatch Group Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney Australia
Frontier Imaginaries Group Institute of Modern Art and QUT Art Museum Brisbane Australia
Black,White & Restive Group Newcastle Art Gallery Newcastle, NSW Australia
Endless Circulation: Tarrawarra Biennial, Group TarraWarra Museum of Art TarraWarra, Victoria Australia
Over the Fence Group UQ Art Museum Brisbane Australia
On the Origin of Art Group Museum of Old and New Art Hobart, Tas. Australia
Shut Up and Paint Group National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne Australia
2017 Ode Solo Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
Will I Live Solo Apartment der Kunst Munich Germany
Not a plant or an animal Solo National Art School Gallery Sydney Australia
A Change Is Gonna Come Group National Museum of Australia Canberra Australia
Australian Collection Group Permanent Hang, Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
BOARD: Surf and Skate Cultures Meet Contemporary Art Group Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Lake Macquarie, NSW Australia
2018 Boundary Lines Group Griffith University Art Museum Brisbane Australia
2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds Group Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide Australia
Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future Group ifa-Galerie Berlin Germany
Playback, Dobell Group Australian Drawing Biennial, Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Australia
Hunter Red: Corpus Group Newcastle Gallery Newcastle, NSW Australia
2019 Shadow Light Group Milani Gallery Brisbane Australia
cantchant Group Art Gallery of Alberta Alberta Canada
Body Language Group National Gallery of Australia Canberra Australia
I, Object Group Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane Australia
Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism, Group Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne Australia
Australia. Antipodean Stories Group Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea Milano Milan Italy
2020 The Island[32] Solo Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney Australia

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