• Colour Theory Season 4 explores Street Art (NITV)
From the outback to the urban jungle, graffiti heralds a new era of Aboriginal artmaking.
By
Sophie Verass

11 Sep 2017 - 12:59 PM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2017 - 12:24 PM

A sensory feast of storytelling and Indigenous creativity - Colour Theory returns to NITV to showcase the passion and vibrancy of Australia's Indigenous art scene.

Across four episodes, the fourth series of the art documentary delves into urban graffiti and how the world’s biggest and fastest-growing art movement is providing an artistic outlet for a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Acclaimed contemporary artist and Colour Theory host Tony Albert, travels across Australia; from Adelaide to Melbourne, to the Gold Coast and Brisbane, to meet with four Aboriginal street artists and explore how country and culture inspire their contemporary art and how their creative processes go from inception through to production and exhibition.

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Each episode, Albert introduces audiences to a new artist. This season, we meet Narisha ‘Nish’ Cash, Libby Harward, Kingsley “Budda” Hampton and Warraba Weatherall. Each artist shares their story; their creative journey and artistic influences and reveals some of the universal challenges faced by Aboriginal people today, such as deaths in custody and substance abuse. Ultimately, we see how each artist – and each in their distinctive style – confronts and overcomes adversity through their art.

"Graffiti offers a platform for these artists to celebrate their culture, language and stories in a public forum and in a place that can’t be ignored."

Colour Theory Director, Dena Curtis says that the series provides an insight into the evolution of Aboriginal art and cultural expression,

“What we’ve uncovered with the series is the similarities between traditional Aboriginal art practise and graffiti. Graffiti offers a platform for these artists to celebrate their culture, language and stories in a public forum and in a place that can’t be ignored.

“For Aboriginal people, colour is light and this is reflected in their graffiti pieces. Graffiti offers this new wave of Aboriginal artists a sense of cultural continuum as well as an outlet to engage in public debate.

“There is an incredible range of Indigenous artistic expression out there, much of which has had very little exposure nationally. This season of Colour Theory aims to build upon the success of the first three series, to take more of the nation’s best up-and-coming Indigenous artists – and their communities – into the living rooms of everyday Australians,” she said.

In addition to Curtis and Albert, a stellar production team comprising some of Australia’s leading creatives including Aboriginal Producer Mitchell Stanley (Servant or Slave) and curator Hetti Perkins backs the series.

NITV Channel Manager Tanya Orman says that this series does a wonderful job of showcasing amazing contemporary Indigenous artwork.

"It’s great that NITV is presenting content that is fresh, edgy, innovative and it enables us to engage with our very talented up and coming artists." 

Colour Theory returns on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 at 8.00pm on NITV Ch. 34

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