The Annual Revealed Exhibition 2022 is set to be held on May 6 at The Fremantle Arts centre | Source: Supplied

Speaking to Artists from the 2022 Revealed Exhibition

Eclectic colours, vibrant textiles, and a visual feast of native Australian works. The grounds of Fremantle Arts Centre will hold the annual Revealed Exhibition tomorrow, a showcase of emerging Aboriginal artists and their works.

The Perth-based exhibition has been running for the best part of a decade and gives the public the opportunity to buy ethically sourced Indigenous art, as well as running a professional development scheme for selected independent artists.

25-30 artists in the early stages of their career are chosen in liaison with regional Aboriginal arts centres. This year will feature a diverse collection of over 250 works, many spanning different mediums.

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A sample of the artwork that will be displayed: Francine Steele, Desert Flowers, 2021, 120 x 120cm | Source: Mangkaja Arts

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington is Revealed’s 2022 curator. He says the exhibition gives the opportunity for people to interface with Indigenous art.

It’s a really great time to invest in something beautiful for your home but also to support the work that arts centres and artists do in rural Aboriginal communities.

Despite being in the throes of the pandemic the past two years, Glenn says interest from the public hasn’t waned.

There’s still a hesitation from some communities to travel, some regional communities have only recently experienced outbreaks, particularly in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

But we’ve developed a program that’s really responsive to COVID and really tried to create the safest environment possible.

The opening night is to be held on Friday, 6 May and will feature a smoking ceremony, live music and sales on a night of bustling art and culture. After this, sales for art will go online and the exhibition will continue to run with a more curated and considered display.

Warlayirti artists at work | Source: Fremantle Arts Centre

Rebecca Reid

Featuring in Revealed for her second year, Rebecca Reid is a Wiradjuri artist originally from Warren, New South Wales, now living and working in WA.

Rebecca’s art captures native Australian bird life on canvas in a stunning display of earthy tones and intricate details of the magnificent red tail feathers of red tail black cockatoos. She says she senses what a painting will look like after spending some time in the bush.

Rebecca Reid in the process of creating one of her paintings | Source: Fremantle Arts Centre

I take my own reference photos and it’s usually a combination of a few different images that I mix together for the wildlife I paint. A painting rarely ever ends up looking exactly as it started out.

Being in the country and having the ocean at her doorstep is what inspires Rebecca.

After a few hours in the country and that creative spark ignites, it’s really quite an amazing feeling. All the birds I paint, the blue wrens and black cockatoos, kookaburras, they’re all local to where I live.

Her work is a fusion of realism and traditional Aboriginal art style, intermixed with radiant colours. The results are striking canvas paintings encompassing the diverse features of Australian wildlife.

Bianca Long

Presenting her works in Revealed for the first time, Bianca Long is a Djaru woman who grew up in Halls Creek in the Kimberley region. Not only an established independent artist, Bianca has also translated her work across mediums into a clothing and jewellery label.

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Bianca Long and a piece from her jewellery collection | Source: Jaru Girl

Launched in 2021, the inaugural Jaru Girl collection featured 8 of her paintings. It has since featured across events at the Broome Chamber of Commerce fashion show, the 2021 Darwin Country to Couture event and tomorrow will make its debut feature in Fremantle at Revealed.

I was pretty proud of achieving the launch, especially as an independent artist

Bianca Long

Somewhat unconventional in process, Bianca fuses materials when creating her paintings. She uses a combination of acrylics and natural rock ochre in homage to her heritage.

I use a mixture of two different mediums in my art, acrylic and ochre. The reason I paint with those is because of my identity and my Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage.

Ochre is a natural clay earth pigment and a principal foundation of Australian Indigenous art, originally used to illustrate Dreamtime stories and maps. Bianca incorporates ochre into her work by crushing the rock into a powder form and then mixing it with glue and water, then ready to paint onto the canvas.

One of the actual pieces in the exhibition, I’ve actually used sand that I’ve mixed with acrylic to represent country and the ruggedness of country.

Bianca’s work will be on display at Revealed, as well as a live art show by Bianca taking place on 7, May at Fremantle Arts Centre.

A-Line Short Sleeve ‘Archipelago’ Dress from the 2021 collection A$240 | Source: Jaru Girl Facebook

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