Turning Passion into Vocation: The dealer is the devil

At Byron Bay Writers Festival


A fusion of genre, Adrian Newstead’sThe Dealer is the Devil examines the Indigenous art industry. A blur of personal memoir and art history, the book captures the trajectory of one of the 20th century’s greatest art movements.

IMG_1717 Edna Carew presents Adrian Newstead’s The Devil is the Dealer

Also the director of Coo-ee Art Gallery, Newstead spoke at the Byron Bay Writers festival about the 100 most influential artists during the Indigenous art movement.

Sessino chair, the teacher, translator, journalist, and commentator, Edna Carew asked Newstead how had Indigenous art climbed onto the world stage in the way that it did.

Despite the Indigenous art movement being globally renowned, “only a small number of Australian Aboriginal artists have broken through onto the world stage,” replied Newstead.

According to Newstead, “Emily Kame Kngwarreye is the only traditional Aboriginal artist who has work shown on the international stage as the art of…

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