O'Riginals: Meet Billy Bain, Artist, Indigenous Surfer

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The O'Riginals series is killing it right now. A glimpse into the life of surfing's more unsung heroes is a welcome respite. Here, it's Billy Bain under the spotlight, as he transitions back from weekend warrior to once a day surfer.

“Graduating with first class honours in fine arts at UNSW, Bill has moved back to his hometown Avalon Beach, where he now builds work out of his basement,” says O'Neill. “His work, whether it be sculptural ceramics, painting or printmaking, is quintessentially Australian. As an Indigenous man, his work takes the piss out of Australia's hyper-masculine and often white-washed culture. Bain often seeks to reveal the deeper and darker ironies of day to day suburban living, whilst still keeping his work stylistically fun and humorous.

“BUILT is a visual journey that transitions between Billy's studio where he plies away at his trade, and the ocean where he further expresses himself. All laid out to the riffs of the legendary live Aussie band and his mates .. The Pist Idiots.”