This portrait pays tribute to the extraordinary impact of Archie Roach AM, a Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/ Djab Wurrung) Bundjalung Senior Elder, song-man and storyteller. Following his passing in 2022, the acquisition of this portrait acknowledges his enormous legacy on Australian arts and culture and celebrates him as one of our nation's greatest artists, an inspiration to many and a powerful catalyst for change that will echo for generations.
Jandamarra Cadd is an Aboriginal (Yorta Yorta) man who was introduced to the paintbrush at age 15 after a troubled childhood growing up as an outsider in his own land. Painting became an outlet to transform his pain and trauma. Three decades later Cadd has become known for his unique blend of traditional techniques and inventive, contemporary application.
Proud was initially presented as a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.