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Expressing an insight into being an emerging male artist will be at the forefront of Bankstown
Arts Centre’s Incubate Gallery this month.
Hamish Wallace, 19, from Padstow, and Isaac Lal, 24, from Revesby, are young artists from
the area and their work explores ideas of conformity and local identity.
“Often teenage culture struggles with conformity and to fit in. I recognised similar ideologies
in the art world, where often artists struggle to find freedom and independence, so I decided
to shape my artworks around this theme,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Lal, who is a self-taught artist, said his friends influenced his nine portrait pieces.
“When I began to think about this opportunity to exhibit my work I thought about how my
friends had shaped me and pushed me to pursue art and my own artistic boundary,” he said.
“I often think that if I hadn’t met some of my friends, would I even have be an artist, or would
I be someone else doing something else entirely?”
Mr Lal said he was grateful to the Arts Centre for allowing him to use the Incubate Gallery.
“It’s rare that artists as young as me get the chance to exhibit what we can do and on a scale
as big as this. I hope the community will come and support what Hamish and I have put
together and appreciate the message that we’re trying to get across through art,” he said.
Administrator, Richard Colley, admired the artists’ strength and courage to produce pieces
that were significant to them and accentuated the wealth of young talent growing and
thriving in the local area.
“I commend Hamish and Isaac on discovering their talents and highlighting them in such a
public and positive way,” Mr Colley said.
“It’s encouraging too see our younger community get involved in the opportunities afforded
to them by our Arts Centre. I would encourage other young artists to think about doing the
Emerging artists across Canterbury-Bankstown can register their interest by calling 9707
5400. The Incubate Gallery is open Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.
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