Dylan Mooney | 'Away from Country (5)' | Drawing / double-sided

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"Dylan Mooney is a proud Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander man from Mackay in North Queensland working across painting, printmaking, digital illustration and drawing.

Influenced by history, culture and family, Mooney responds to community stories, current affairs and social media. Armed with a rich cultural upbringing, Mooney now translates the knowledge and stories passed down to him, through art. Legally blind, the digital medium’s backlit display allows the artist to produce a high-impact illustrative style with bright, saturated colour that reflects his experiences with keen political energy and insight. 

Dylan is among artists who are rethinking digital technologies and artistic practices to consider contemporary issues around identity, desire and representation. Interested in the ways in which we can reframe the conversation around some of the voices that have been left out, the artist has made an important body of work that embodies a shift in the representation of queer love among people of colour."

Dylan is represented by N.Smith Gallery. Bio, N.Smith Gallery.


This year Mooney has traveled to visit collections across Australia to find artifacts belonging to his people. These Yuwi shields are drawn from items within the Melbourne Museum, many of which have little information about the maker recorded. On the reverse, Mooney traces memories and fictional sites into them, bringing their Country and People back into these personal objects.

Dylan Mooney, Away from Country 5, 2022, watercolour and ink on paper, 80 x 50cm. 

The artists in this show tell diverse stories from different First Nations cultures across Queensland, celebrating unique identities; owning the past to forge the future. REPATRIATE is curated by Darren Blackman and will premiere at NorthSite Contemporary Arts in June 2022, as part of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2022.