Black art is on the rise in Australia, according to a new report.
The report by The Art of Black Magazine, published on Tuesday, found the industry had seen a 15 per cent rise in sales since the early 2000s.
“I think it’s an art of the mind, not just a craft of the heart, and I think the people who are making art are really passionate about it,” the report’s author, Sarah Wicks, told news.com.au.
“They’re making it to be more than a piece of art.
They’re making a statement and showing they care.”
The report cites a number of recent examples of the art movement taking off.
It includes paintings of people who have died in their sleep, a mural in the capital, Canberra, depicting a man in a hospital gown and a mural at a Melbourne hotel with the words “This is life, we’re all part of it”.
The report also features works of art commissioned by people who had died, including one of a man wearing a mask in a Victorian hospital.
It was commissioned by a woman who had taken her own life in 2015.
“In a time where the public are becoming increasingly conscious of mental health issues and the state of the world, we think the art world has taken off as a great opportunity to showcase art that’s not afraid to put people’s minds at risk,” Ms Wicks said.
The Art of the Mind was commissioned for the first time in 2018 by a man who had been in hospital for nearly a year.””
They just want to show the world that we’re still here.”
The Art of the Mind was commissioned for the first time in 2018 by a man who had been in hospital for nearly a year.
“The art world in Australia has become a really hotbed of art and this piece was an attempt to take the conversation off the surface and show it in a way that’s just human and is not just art for art’s sake,” Ms Pugh said.
The Art Of the Mind is the first in a series of three pieces that will be exhibited at The National Gallery of Australia and will be up for sale for the next three years.
“It’s really about showing the world what art can do for people in a very human way,” Ms Mathers said.
“[It’s] about showing what art is about, not making a point of it.”
Topics:art-history,health,health-policy,art-and-design,healthcare-facilities,art,australiaFirst posted November 09, 2018 16:35:48Contact Tracey YoungMore stories from Australia