Joe and Brenda

Michael Riley, Joe and Brenda, 1990-2013, from the series Portraits by a Window, pigment UltraChrome ink on Platine fibre rag, 53 x 41cm (image size) 55 x 43.4cm (frame size), edition 15 + 1AP (+ exhibition set), TCG9938
collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Joe Croft was the first Aboriginal person to study at an Australian university, Queensland University in 1944. He is father of Brenda Croft, artist and Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra between 2002-2009. She co-curated the Australian Indigenous Art Commission at The Musée du quai Branly, Paris. She curated Riley’s posthumous retrospective, Michael Riley: sights unseen, at the National Gallery of Australia and touring venues. She was a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. She is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

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