Strait Protean: The Art of Brian Robinson

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20 June to 20 July

Curated by Victor Griss

 Opening: Thursday 19 June, 6 – 8 pm

Long before the white man came, the Islanders were the Vikings of the Torres Strait – a narrow passageway of water and treacherous reef lying between Papua New Guinea and Australia. A seafaring indigenous people, they were proud and dignified, deriving their spirituality from ancestral ties to the land, the sea and the sky. Continuing a strong cultural tradition of storytelling, Brian Robinson’s prints and sculptures read as episodes of an intriguing and grand epic. Set within compelling visual puzzles intertwined with organic patterns, the encounters between cultural traditions are told. Like an arcane manuscript, Strait Protean charts a course imbued with customs and mythology of the Torres Strait Island people, referencing classical art and pop culture icons, where forms and characters are co-opted into the spirit world of the Islander’s imagination.


Counihan Gallery In Brunswick

9 May – 8 June


233 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC 3056

Gallery Open Hours- Wednesday – Saturday, 11 – 5 pm & Sunday 1 – 5 pm

Ph. 03 9389 8622


Image Credits: 
as the rains fell and the seas rose 2011
Linocut printed in black ink from one block
62 x 112.5 cm
Image courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries