Lucas Grogan


Lucas Grogan’s work 'talks back' to the provocative taboo of indigenous appropriation. In presenting work that is aesthetically aligned with a range of indigenous art making practices, Grogan’s art is both homage and challenge. His works stakes an autobiographical claim to place, whilst challenging the notion of a politically correct response to indigenous art.

Art Exhibition previously on at Until Never in Flinders Lane precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 06 April 2011 to Saturday 21 May 2011
Launch Wednesday 06 April 2011, 6-8 PM

Self Portrait as an Island image

Published by anonymous on Sunday 27 March 2011.
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In BACKCHAT Grogan fuses body painting, text, embroidery and low-fi photography onto silk surfaces. Grogan’s work is best served raw. Whether highlighting the contentious multicultural terrain between indigenous and non-indigenous artistic practice or revealing the private practices of boozey nights out, the message is confident, complex and imbued with the right amount of jest. Grogan’s works make the private public.

The artist’s bed was the scene of the works construction. The quilting style Grogan employs returns the subjects to the private domain. Here, the depictions are of persons who have departed Australia through pursuit of opportunities, commitment or deportation. Depicted in Grogan’s ‘ethnic drag’ these figures were painted immediately before departure, however long, short or permanent. Their desire to return, or the acknowledgement of regret for leaving, are memorialised in the creation of these quilts.

These ideas of departure and isolation extend to ‘the island’ as central metaphor in Grogan’s most recent work. It represents the duality of belonging and exclusion, protection and rejection, the within and the without. Quilts and shield-like forms act as microcosms for ‘our’ island. They are objects connoting ideas of comfort, defence and sanctuary. The work is beautiful, delicate and fastidiously created.

Few artists have had such tumultuous and noteworthy beginnings to their career as Lucas Grogan’s. His work has been met with both acclaim and censure from the outset. His direct and seemingly irreverent approach to appropriating indigenous work has been the topic of national debate. Ironically, Grogan’s work has been extensively sought after both nationally and internationally. He is represented in a number of public and private collections including, Artbank.


Until Never
2nd Floor 3-5 Hosier Lane
Melbourne 3000

12 – 6PM Wednesday to Saturday