Create a drawing using patterns and pop culture

Brian Robinson combines traditional mark making and patterns from his culture with references to his favourite pop culture movies and comics.

Begin by making a list of all the things that you are interested in such as art, sport, books, television shows, video games, movies or toys - anything from popular culture! (How many Space Invaders did you see in Brian Robinson's work?)

Draw a symbol to represent each of of your interests. You may also have symbols or designs associated with your own family or cultural heritage that you could also include.

Create a drawing incorporating your favourite patterns and a pop culture references. Mix them together for a surprising result. You might like to limit your colour palette to create contrast or repeat certain patterns or symbols to create a sense of movement.

See our example below where Tarnanthi Education Officer Thomas Readett has used Jack Skellington as his popular culture reference while exploring line and repetition.

detail: Brian Robinson, born 1973, Waiben (Thursday Island), Wuthathi and Maluyligal people, Torres Strait Islands, Custodian of the Blooms, 2014, Cairns, mixed media, 300.0 x 300.0 cm, Image courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries, photo: Saul Steed

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installation view: Tarnanthi 2019 featuring Empyreal: A Place and a Path in the Sky and on the Earth by Brian Robinson and Touch the River Floor by Naomi Hobson, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide;; photo: Saul Steed.

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