Vernon Ah Kee
Vernon Ah Kee was born in Innisfail, North Queensland. He studied a bachelor degree with honours in Aboriginal Art at the Queensland College of Art.
Vernon held his first solo show, If I Was White at Metro Arts in 1999. He began with his text works, informed by war and propoganda posters and advertising imagery: these works use the direct effect of text whilst creating abstract shapes through a play with kerning and positioning. He states, "Text is immediate. If there's something you want to say - write it" (borninthisskin, 2009). He later began to produce drawings and portraites. The first show of these was Fantasties of the Good at Bellas Milani Gallery in 2004. These portraits draw upon anthropological imagery gathered in the 1930s when it was widely believed that Aboriginal people would become extinct. Veron uses images of his own relatives who were photographed during this time, holding a close personal link to his subjects. In CantChant, he produced surfboards with rainforest-shield designs. More recently, he has producted video works relating to the Palm Island riots. These works were shown in Tall Man in 2010. In 2011, he began to produce paintings and his first show of these was Bad Sign in 2011. This show served as a more conceptual continuation of Tall Man.
His painted portrait of Lex Wotton was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2012.
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