Richard Bell makes art that addresses contemporary issues around identity, place and politics. The artist is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities.
‘I found out that I could say whatever the f**k I wanted to in art and not get arrested’, says the artist.
In 2002 Bell published ‘Bell’s Theorem’, stating that ‘Aboriginal Art is not controlled by Aboriginal People’. In his essay, Bell proposes that Aboriginal art is a white invention.
Tate, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Qantas are partners in an International Joint Acquisition Programme for contemporary Australian art. Richard Bell Embassy 2013–Ongoing was purchased jointly by Tate and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with fund provided by the Qantas Foundation, 2016.