TEA TOWEL: Joel Sam - Blak Flair
Screen printed tea towel based upon Joel Sam's 2010 linocut Blue Parrot Fishstyle Cotton/ Linen, printed in Far North Queensland, Australia
ARTIST Joel Sam’s family lives in Bamaga and originates from Saibai Island. Born on Thursday Island in 1977, he currently lives in Cairns, having finished his art studies in 2005 with a Diploma of Art from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Visual Arts Course at the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE.
Since then he has been developing an art practice and technical skills in the media of linocut and intaglio printmaking and sculpture. Joel’s artworks are inspired by his culture, and the images are of sea creatures that live in and around the Torres Strait, such as turtles, squid, the fish of the reef and the shells and corals of the Coral Sea. Joel Sam’s work is represented in the Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra.
The blue parrot fish is a popular, everyday catch in the Torres Strait and Cape York regions. Blak Flair is a KickArts creative merchandise project that has been generously supported by the Christensen Fund. The project aims to develop a collection of merchandise that portrays the work of Indigenous artists from Far North Queensland, to promote their work and cultural importance to the broader community.