Born Adam Douglas Hill - Blacktown, Western Sydney in 1970, to his Aboriginal father and his caucasian mother. Attained a BA in Graphic Design with a focus on illustration and photography. Began painting as a hobby 1998. His art acknowledges the consistent injustices perpetuated by the Commonwealth of Australia upon First Nations peoples here.
He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions both domestically and abroad. Winning the ‘Kilgour Prize’ 2019 became the first major art achievement. Followed up by becoming the first Aboriginal artist to win the national ‘STILL’ (life) award 2021.
He has also honourably been a consistent finalist in the Archibald & Wynne Prizes, the Blacktown, Mosman and Paddington Art Prizes.
His art is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Maritime Museum, Town Hall Collection, The Art Gallery of NSW, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Taipei Museum; AAMU, Utrecht; and regional Sydney Councils including Blacktown, Campbelltown, Liverpool, and Penrith
In 2022 Blak Douglas won the Archibald Prize for his artwork 'Moby Dickens'.
The portrait of Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens, who lives on Bundjalung Country in Lismore, is a metaphor for the disastrous floods that hit northern NSW in early 2022.
Its title references the 1851 novel Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.
A joyful story about the power of reconnecting to family, culture and Country. From Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, co-writer Ellie Laing, and Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.
'Back on Country,' says Mum. 'Where we're going is where your nanna comes from, where we come from. Our Country is special to us. You'll see.'
It's Lucy and David's first time back on Country.
They meet their cousins and Elders, and see special places, learn local language words and hear stories as old as time.
Join them to feel the strength that comes from being back on Country.
This Book Thinks Ya Deadly! is an inspirational, illustrated compendium that celebrates the diversity and success of First Nations People.
Written by Corey Tutt, author of The First Scientists, this book features the profiles of 80 Blakfellas who are doing deadly things across sport, art, activism and science, through to politics, education and literature. It showcases the careers and Corey’s personal stories of First Nations People who have done great things in their respective fields, including Professor Marcia Langton, Miranda Tapsell, Tony Armstrong, Dr Anita Heiss, Danzal Baker (Baker Boy), Adam Goodes and Blak Douglas.
Molly Hunt's deadly illustrations make this book the perfect gift for all ages. A celebration of Blak excellence, it will inspire future generations to create change and leave readers to ponder, ‘What makes ME deadly?’
The First Scientists is the highly anticipated, illustrated science book from Corey Tutt of DeadlyScience. With kids aged 7 to 12 years in mind, this book will nourish readers’ love of science and develop their respect for Indigenous knowledge at the same time.
Have you ever wondered what the stars can tell us? Did you know the seasons can be predicted just by looking at subtle changes in nature? Maybe you have wondered about the origins of glue or if forensic science is possible without a crime scene investigation. Australia's First peoples have the longest continuing culture on Earth and their innovation will amaze you as you leaf through the pages of this book, learning fascinating facts and discovering the answers to life's questions.
In consultation with communities, Corey tells us of many deadly feats – from bush medicine to bush trackers – that are today considered 'science', and introduces us to many amazing scientists, both past and present. The breadth of ‘sciences’ is incredible with six main chapters covering astronomy, engineering, forensic science, chemistry, land management and ecology. The first scientists passed on the lessons of the land, sea and sky to the future scientists of today through stories, song and dance, and many of these lessons are now shared in this book.
Vibrant illustrations by Blak Douglas bring the subjects to life, so you’ll never think about science as just people in lab coats ever again!