||Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Townsville
Tony Albert was born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1981 and holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art. He works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland's Indigenous art collective proppaNOW, his art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to Indigenous people in Australia today.
Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled 'Yininmadyemi - Thou didst let fall' the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women and will be completed by Anzac Day 2015. Visit here for further information.
Albert's grandfather, Eddie Albert, enlisted in 1940. As a member of the 2/15th Battalion of the 9th Division he served in the Middle East before becoming a prisoner of war in Germany and Italy. His grandfather's service and postwar experience as an Aboriginal returned serviceman has been an ongoing source of inspiration for Albert.