Art Atrium





Clinton Nain 14 September to 1 October 2016

Exhibition launch with the Artist
to be opened by
Djon Mundine OAM
Curator, Writer, Artist & Activist

2.30pm-4.30pm Saturday 17 September 2016

Clinton Nain 14 September to 1 October 2016


Passive- Aggressive is a adjective.
It can only be kept in ones inner mind.
It is only thought and of ones behaviour that passive- aggressive energies can be released into our realities.
In turn making it something tangible for us to believe it is real and see and or feel.

The human mind has the ability to make a conscious decision and behaving passive or aggressive. With the capabilities of being both at the same time, disguising one as the other. Or is it all just a dream until you awake?

A quote from Yogananda:
"Will, Thought, Energy.
Consciousness gives rise to the brain.
Peace happens and love is in us.
You have the ability to control your mind and be awake"

Clinton Nain was born in Melbourne, the second youngest of seven siblings. His mother was from the Torres Straight Islands and she descends from the Meriam Mer people of the eastern Torres Strait and also from the ku-ku people of Cape York. His father’s heritage is from Denmark and Ireland but he was also born in Melbourne. He was taken as a new born to his first Aboriginal land rights protest when he was 1 month old and to the first Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra on Australia Day on 26 January 1972. That was the start of his political awareness of his people’s ongoing struggle for survival. Clinton Nain graduated from Northern Metropolitan College of Tafe in 1991 with a advanced certificate of the Arts. He graduated from The Victorian College of The Arts/University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994 and was the first indigenous graduate in the school of Fine Arts/ Painting. In 2003 he graduated from COFA, University of New South Wales, with a Masters of Fine Arts (research).

Clinton Nain’s work is in the collection of National Gallery Of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne, Art Gallery Of South Australia, Adelaide, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Museum, Sydney, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, Northern Metropolitan College Of TAFE, Melbourne, University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victorian College Of The Arts, Melbourne, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Council, Melbourne, City Of Port Phillip, Victoria, Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, Adelaide, BHP Billiton, Sydney, DNA Design Nation, Sydney, HRA & Associates, Sydney, Rio Tinto, Jean-Marie Tijou Cultural Centre, Noumea, City of Melborne, Victoria, Parliament House, Victoria, Monash University Musuem of Art, Victoria, Artbank, Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, NSW War Memorial, Sydney, University of Queensland, Brisbane, and national and international private collections.

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