Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

Ben McKeown

A Descendant of the Wirangu Language Group

Born Mount Barker 1976

Ben McKeown is a descendant of the Wirangu language group of the far west coast of South Australia. He is an artist and curator who seeks to challenge the sanctified histories and identities of this country. He asserts that underneath the dominant cultures facade may lay other marginalised and yet equally valuable stories, an Aboriginal history perhaps. His reworking of the ‘great Australian home’ McKeown presents an icon to be deconstructed, a façade of security, an emblem of belonging, as well as a commodity to be bought and sold, or a cancer spreading across the landscape.
Ben was awarded first prize in the 2011 Deadly Art Awards supported by Arts Victoria. His artwork ‘Spring Street End’ has been made into a large-scale tapestry by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop and is on permanent display in the State Library of Victoria.


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