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NGV Australia
Now Number 510

Brian Birch

Born in Fitzroy, Brian Birch was unaware of his Aboriginality until he was thirty-seven. He paints with vibrant colour and spontaneous brushstrokes and has developed an iconography of meanders, circles and gestural markings that is expressive of his Wurundjeri identity. He finds painting an empowering process that connects him to Country and culture. His Koorie elders dancing is a work that depicts male elders giving away their daughters in marriage and that invokes the power of ceremonial dancing.

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