Neal Ambrose-Smith

Culture Goes Bump in the Night

About the Artist

Chiaroscuro is pleased to feature Ambrose-Smith for the first time in our Contemporary Native Exhibition August 2017. We will be presenting large-scale paintings and monoprints.

Artist Statement:

Children's stories are the wonders we grow up with. The mystery, the charm, the fantasy and the illusion. Tribal peoples have known this for thousands of years as All Things Are Connected, while others may recognize this as Newton’s 3rd law with a moral value meta-data. Charms unharnessed by age. Learning about my families’ past and reading Shakespeare’s Tempest or Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe make these connections for me. Listening to today’s world news tells of Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. Some stories and traditions never change.
Such stories are found within all tribes, as we are all from tribes at some point from somewhere. Entertaining, teaching and sharing. Rabbit, Coyote and Raven are tricksters that help narrate my stories of tradition and identity. Storytelling is our first written language. As I listen to the world news, popular culture and my Elders I practice our first language.
Culture Goes Bump in the Night
Environmental Map
Divided Landscape
Heading Through Culture
They Travel Through Me
Cultural First Responder
Singing the Rood Off