Ben Brown Print


Artist: Ben Brown

Title: ‘Gum Leaf Player

Year Created: 2020

Artist Statement:

A friend posted a photograph that inspired this piece online – I assume it was a glass slide and is dated 1930 – unfortunately I could find no more info as to where this striking young man was photographed, or who took the photo. It is from the National Archive. I love reading about indigenous culture and history, particularly in the area I grew up in northern Sydney. It is a beautiful area and must have been close to the modern ideal of paradise before European colonisation. I like to imagine this fella as a proud young Cammeraygal man, sitting in the bush somewhere, overlooking the ocean, on what are now referred to as Sydney’s Northern beaches. Of course, in 1930 indigenous culture was very thin on the ground in this area. But I like to dream.

This drawing is very different to the kind of work I normally do – and was more of a drawing exercise, for fun. It was created entirely on an iPad, again a departure from the way I would normally work. When my youngest son commented how he liked it, I thought it would be a good submission for the Release It print Series with my friends at Just Another. I acknowledge and respect the Elders, past, present and emerging of the Cammeraygal people and the mob of the young man who was the inspiration for this piece.

Artist Bio: Ben Brown is a Sydney based illustrator, designer and artist. He has worked for a mixed variety of clients for over thirty years. Commissions range across publishing, apparel and the music industry.

He has exhibited his personal work in several solo and group shows in Australia and overseas.

Sizes: A4 21cm x 29.7cm
A3 29.7 cm x 42cm
A2 42cm x 59.4cm

Printed at Milkbar Print on Bauhaus 230gsm Universal Art Paper (Fine art/giclee). Cotton/Alpha Cellulose, Archival, smooth finish, mid weight. Manufactured in Germany.

All prints are sold unframed.
1.2cm Embossed ‘Just Another Print’ in the bottom corner (will slightly vary per print)

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A2, A3, A4