Newell Harry is an Australian-born artist of South African and Mauritian descent. For over the past decade his projects have drawn from an intimate web of recurring travels and connections across Oceania and the wider Asia-Pacific, to South Africa’s Western Cape Province where the artist’s extended family continue to reside. From Pidgin and Creole languages to modes of exchange in the ‘gift economies’ of the South Pacific, Harry’s work often references the cultural agitation brought about by colonial migration and the associated complexity of identity, nomadism, dislocation and myths.
Newell Harry Untitled (Anagrams and Objects for R.U. & R.U. (Part I), 2015, Hand-beaten Tongan ngatu, ink7 parts, 310 × 100 cm each; Exhibition view, Tidaletics, TBA21-Academy, Austria (2 June — 11 November 2017)
Newell Harry Untitled (Objects and Anagrams for R.U. & R.U. (Part II), 2015, L4L formply tables, ceramics, various artifacts, found objects, paper, ink, Tongan ngatu, chalk, Tables: each 90 x 79 x 190 cm, overall dimensions variable; Exhibition view, Tidaletics, TBA21-Academy, Austria (2 June — 11 November 2017)
Newell Harry Untitled, 2016; 38 × 56cm
Exhibition view, Newell Harry, Fish or Cut Bait?, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (21 August — 13 September 2008)
Newell Harry Untitled (No Point Being King Shit / Of Turd Island), 2007; Pandanas and dye
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