On Men continues a study that I began in 2012, exploring contemporary Australian masculinity through the art work of three Anglo Celt artists; Ben Quilty, Alan Jones and Adam Cullen. Descended from the convicts who settled Australia in 1788, a typical 'Aussie bloke' has traditionally been defined as 'macho', he doesn't whinge; a battler who lives and dies by the idea of 'mateship'. This colonial history seems to have continued to influence the way in which Aussie men see themselves. Paul Sloan, Will French, James Tylor and Dale Harding continue this investigation, their varied practices (painting, photography, object-making and cross-stitch) speaking of their own experiences and unique viewpoints to expand the understanding of masculinity.
Adapted from catalogue essay by Eleanor Scicchitano.
James Tylor,Self portrait as Hohepa Te Umuroa, digital print from 16 x 20" negative film, 100x120cm