Robert Andrew is a descendant of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia. Split between old and new Andrew explores his Australian Indigenous history with the use of contemporary technology. Water, ochre, and oxide dominate his choice of materials as he combines the personal and the local with the global technological narrative. Andrew’s work is concerned with the uncovering, revealing and re-presenting aspects in Australian indigenous history that have been previously hidden, distorted and denied.
Andrew has completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (CAIA) with honours from the Queensland College of Art and is currently undertaking his doctorate. He tutors at CAIA, teaching Indigenous Art, Protocols & Practice. His artwork Moving out of Muteness has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria and is on display in their exhibition Indigenous Art: Moving backwards into the future. He has a strong exhibition profile and his work has been featured in various exhibitions some of which include: Offset, State Library Queensland (2014); Solid!, Cairns Regional Gallery (2014); and Middle Ground, The Hold Gallery (2013). He is a recipient of The Gas: Graduate Art Show and Survey Room Award (2013) and the St Andrew’s War memorial Hospital Art Prize (2013). Andrew is represented by Spiro | Grace Art Rooms.