Billy Bain is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sydney, Australia. His practice focusses on ceramic sculpture, printmaking and painting. Bain discusses ideas of Australian Masculinity, particularly centred at the beach, the pub and sporting grounds. Using dark humour, Bain critiques toxic behaviours that are prevalent amongst young men in Australia. He also explores the conflicting duality between his Indigenous heritage and that of the largely Euro-centric suburban culture he was raised within on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Bain’s disconnect with his traditional Indigenous culture and country is a source of motivation for research that informs both his works and constructing his own identity as a suburban Indigenous man. By accessing archival information, objects and oral histories through family, Bain seek to create his own narrative interpretations of where he came from and his cultural identity.
Billy Bain completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours at UNSW Art & Design in 2019. He currently splits his time between his home studio at Avalon Beach and Sydney city, where he tutors Indigenous university students at UNSW Art & Design.