Contemporary Australian Bidjara artist Dr Christian Thompson AO’s latest body of work NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN explores his Southern Chinese heritage in greater depth than ever before.
Thompson has signed with Singapore and Sydney-based Yavuz Gallery, embracing the opportunity to captivate new global audiences with his work, particularly throughout the Asia Pacific art market. The past two decades have seen the artist firmly establish his practice across Australia and internationally. He now hopes to utilise the gallery’s extensive Asia Pacific network in bringing this new career chapter to fruition.
“Further establishing my practice in Asia is a really exciting prospect for me. There are really dynamic things happening across the art landscape there, and it’s a really exciting context for my work because of my personal familial connection to the region,” says Thompson.
NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN draws on the influence of Thompson’s Chinese-Australian grandmother, who is a descendant of the first wave of Chinese migration from the mid 1800’s gold rush era. This era is referred to by the Chinese as ‘New Gold Mountain.’ These cultural narratives are interwoven with the artist’s own recent lockdown experiences, and a deep connection with nature inherent in his Bidjara identity and experience. Continue reading Christian Thompson : NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN @ Yavuz Gallery