Archibald Prize

Richard Bell – the subject of Mike Chavez’s portrait – is an acclaimed and controversial Aboriginal artist. A finalist in the 2004 Archibald Prize, he sifts complex issues relating to the experience of Australia’s Indigenous people in his no-holds-barred work, often encapsulating his ideas in a few pithy words that he has compared to 30-second sound bites. “To me, Richard Bell – activist, philosopher, intellectual, elder statesman, “cultural terrorist” and self-proclaimed ‘gangsta rapper of Australian art’– is an obvious choice for an Archibald portrait,” says Mike Chavez. “His ‘stick it to the Man’ ethic inspires my own practice. I admire him, I relate to him and I look up to him as a role

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