Troy-Anthony Baylis
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Chris De Rosa, James Dodd, Honor Freeman, Sarah Goffman, Troy-Anthony Baylis

19 - 26 November, 2008

During the first and second world wars, Aboriginal women knitted jumpers to provide warmth for the troops, and Troy-Anthony has reintroduced this visual language, albeit into highly contemporary new forms. The knittings have painterly qualities that extend boundaries of both knitting and painting. They are also transportable to international contexts; others of these series have been constructed in Australia, Thailand, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom and also exhibited in solo exhibitions in Berlin and Essen (Germany), Melbourne and Adelaide.

Rafael von Uslar observes: "Both in motive and composition, Baylis' Sunsets reference a famous model, Warhol's print series Sunset 1972. They depict what is a serial event by nature, a great drama that unfolds every day, naturally finding a new and, by no means, singular form for a well-established choreography upon each occurrence. Baylis picks up on this formal pattern and the clear definition of layers of colour. His choice of material guarantees the softness and his choice of colours creates equally radiating images. The knitting process, however, creates a surface structure that Baylis highlights, emphasising it by incorporating surface pattern. This establishes a focus on the object and sculptural aspect of the pieces, but it also alludes to painterly qualities. The loops that develop in knitting create a vivid visual structure that, in this context of woollen object as image, is somewhat reminiscent of a structure of visible brushstrokes. It creates an almost regular consistent pattern, one that would have to be familiar from impressionist and even more so, postimpressionist painting".

Troy-Anthony Baylis' Sunsets reveals a contemporary vision of art that results from an exploration of identity and observations of evolving visual culture. Troy-Anthony Baylis is part of a generation of Indigenous artists who are redefining the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Australia.

8 Sunsets, 2007
knitted acrylic



3 Poles (1,2 and 3) Diorama, 2006
Installation detail from the exhibition Rosafarbene Sonnenuntergange / Pink
Sunsets, Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, Germany. 15 October ­ 10 December 2006
Photo: Mark Fuller


Troy-Anthony Baylis
Born Adelaide, SA, 1976
Lives Adelaide

Bachelor Of Arts (Visual Arts) Queensland University of Technology 
Honours Queensland University of Technology 
Bachelor Of Education (Secondary) - Post Graduate Queensland University of Technology 
Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts) University of South Australia

Professional Experience
Research Fellow University of South Australia
Lecturer/Tutor/Marker University of South Australia
Electorate Officer South Australian Parliament
Executive Officer Reconciliation South Australia Inc
Indigenous Programs Coordinator Carclew Youth Arts Centre 
Program Manager, First Queers Feast Festival Inc
Artistic and Cultural Consultant Reconciliation South Australia Inc
Program Manager, Public Relations Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc 
Director Yaitya Makkitura Inc
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts Coordinator Adelaide Fringe Inc 
Arts Management Workshops Wachol Correction Centre / Access Arts
Arts Administration Queensland Artworker's Alliance - Volunteer 
Art Educator Southbank Institute of TAFE - Certificate in Art (ATSI)
Catalogue Production Queensland University of Technology 
Director Art of Digital Video 
Gallery Administration Institute of Modern Art - Volunteer 
Art Theory Tutor Queensland University of Technology

Conference Presentations
Baylis, Troy-Anthony & Crowley, Vicki, The subterranean making of convivial culture: Mary G, Kaboobie and queer interventions.  
Futures, Curtin University, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 6-9 December 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Kylieminology: collecting and cloning, Queer Thinkers, Adelaide, 15-16 November 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony & Crowley, Vicki, The subterranean making of convivial culture: Mary G, Kaboobie and queer interventions. 
Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities, Flinders University, Adelaide, 3-6 December 2007

Invited Presentations
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Inheriting Loss: The legacy of Stolen Generations (panel presentation), Reconciliation Schools' Festival,
Adelaide Town Hall, 30 May 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Crossing Country: Education and Art towards a certain freedom, Scotch College, Adelaide, 23 May 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, From Dreamtime to Machine Time, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, 30 April 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Aboriginal Australia, Sexuality & Visual Arts, Adelaide Festival of Arts - "Living Books", 
State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, 8-9 March 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Convivial Culture: Mary G, Kaboobie and queer interventions. Midsumma, Melbourne City Library, 
28 January 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Them There Bones (opening address), Fiona Foley - "Them There Bones", New Land Gallery, 
Port Adelaide, 27 February 2002

Selected Visual Culture Publications (as an author)
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Mumthelang: Silk Magic Woman, Muriel Van Der Byl - "My dreaming - past - present - future", 
Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre: Kerry Packer Civil Gallery, 22 February - 14 March 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony & Mantelli, Fulvia, The Cover Art of Cover Bands (photo essay), Photofile 77, Autumn 2006
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Homostrata - Ex. Cat., Artspace - Adelaide Festival Centre, 7 November 2003 - 24 January 2004

Selected Visual Culture Publications (as a visual artist)
Carsley, Gary, Troy-Anthony Baylis: Kiss The Dirt, artist monograph, January 2009
Nicholls, Christine, Troy-Anthony Baylis: An Extension To Love in Asian Art News, vol.18, no.1, p66-71, Jan/Feb 2008
von Uslar, Rafael, Beknitting in "Sunkiss/Landlove" - Ex cat., National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - 
Tandanya, 8 November 2007 - 28 January 2008
Nicholls, Christine, Emotional Landscapes and Emotional Sunsets in "Sunkiss/Landlove" - Ex cat., 
National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya, 8 November 2007 - 28 January 2008
Nunn, Louise, Troy's arts puts new spin on close-knit community in The Advertiser, p13, 14 August 2007
Pelipe, Richardo, Avalon: Art and Life of An Apartment Building, Museum of Brisbane & Vanity Publishing, 2005
Mills, David, 'Household Names' in (not only) Blue 53, p8, 2004
Simpson, Anne, Kylie rules OK & Hopelessly Devoted in The Courier Mail: Life, p4-5 & 17, 7 April 2001 
Gallagher, Jane, Troy-Anthony Baylis: In Public in Eyeline 43, p51, 2000

Selected Individual Exhibitions (as a visual artist)
Kiss The Dirt, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, January 2009
Sunsets, Melbourne City Library Gallery, Melbourne, 16 January - 9 February 2008
Sunkiss/Landlove, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 8 November 2007 - 28 January 2008
Warhola Trees, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, 2007
Emotional Landscapes & Sunsets, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, 26 May - 23 June 2007
Rosafarbene Sonnenuntergange / Pink Sunsets, Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, Germany, 15 October - 10 December 2006 
Ain't MsBhavin', Nexus, Adelaide, 3 - 18 November 2005
megaKYLIEcollection, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, 2005 
Ricky Mortis Southern Death, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 19 October - 8 December 2002 
KABOOBIE improbable princess - 15 years of kylieminology, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Adelaide, 2001
KABOOBIE improbable princess, Satellite Space, Brisbane, 2000 
KABOOBIE rock n roll nigger, Soapbox, Brisbane, 2000 
a TROY-ANTHONY BAYLIS room with a BARBARA CARTLAND view, xb, Dayboro, Queensland, 1999
Wonder Woman With A Twist, Smith & Stoneley, Brisbane, 1997
Emancipating Androgyny, Metro Arts, Brisbane, 1997

Selected Group Exhibitions (as a visual artist)
Our Metro Mob, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 2008
Super+Ego, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, 2007
Our Metro Mob, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 2007 
Petroglyphs, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 2005 
Vein, Kintolai Gallery, Adelaide, 2004 
Avalon, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, 2004 
Homostrata, Artspace - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, 2003
The Stars Shine Bright, Logan Art Gallery, Logan, Queensland, 2000 
Topographies, Fireworks, Brisbane, 2000 
7th Biennala des Couvertes, Centre de Art Actuel, Quebec, Canada, 1999 
Creativity In The Next Millennium - The 5th Baguio International Arts Festival, Baguio Convention Centre, 
Baguio, The Philippines, 1999

Selected Performances (as a performance artist)
Kaboobie Proud Mary, Opening Celebration, 1st Asia Pacific Outgames, Melbourne Town Hall, 31 January 2008
Kaboobie Proud Mary, Sistagirls Are Doing It For Themselves, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide, 30 May 2006
Kaboobie Kylieminologist, megaKYLIEcabaret, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, 7 June 2005
Kaboobie Proud Mary & Walk This Way, Leigh Bowery Project - "Nothing Is Taboo", Adelaide Festival Centre -
Space Theatre, November 2004
Ricky Mortis KKK & Kaboobie Proud Mary, 2002 International Gay Games, Olympic Park & Hyde Park, Sydney, October 2002
Ricky Mortis (with Pope Alice), Luke Roberts - "Ecce homo: These are our bodies: this is our blood", 
Artspace, Sydney, 24 February 2000
Typhoon Kaboobie hits the Philippines, 5th Baguio International Arts Festival, Baguio Botanical Gardens & Tamawan Village, 
The Philippines, 25-26 November 1999

Board / Committee Appointments
Steering Committee - Honoring Indigenous Veterans Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs
Reconciliation Committee Member Adelaide City Council
Committee Member NAIDOC Adelaide
AGRIRC Member Government of South Australia
Board Member Feast Festival Inc
Assessment Panel Member for Funding of the Arts (Indigenous and Emerging) Arts SA
Board Member Queensland Artworker's Alliance Inc 
Assessment Panel Member for Funding of the Arts (Visual Arts, Craft & Design) Arts Queensland

The artist pays respect to the Kaurna people who are the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains region and acknowledges living and working on their country.