Billy Bain's Art Will Make You Think & Giggle - Stab Mag

Live Now: Episode 3 Of Stab In The Dark With Kolohe Andino

1354 Views
Yes, he also fucking rips. Photo by Guy Williment

Billy Bain’s Art Will Make You Think & Giggle

An indigenous artist who f*cking rips.

elsewhere // Apr 13, 2022
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: 2 minutes

I’ve always loved Billy Bain’s work. 

But I find it hard to talk about art without feeling like a wanker. I’ll just say, Billy’s work is nice to look at and makes you giggle and think. If you live in, or are around Sydney from March 26th – June 19th you can check out his ‘Being Manly’ exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Can go watch the CS event and make a day of it. Hot tip: catch the ferry from Circular Quay for the full Australiana experience.

Billy Bain is a proud Darug man, Sydney’s indigenous and first nation people. His lineage is strong and links back to Maria Lock, the first woman to have a legally recognised marriage with a settler. Bil was born and raised in Manly, in a very white environment. He was not educated like most kids on his indigenous culture, history, or given any knowledge of their local existence. “As a teenager, he began to question all of this, and to understand what his place was as a young indigenous man of his area,” says his pop, Rob Bain, former CT vet and World Master Champ. 

Billy’s work is humorous but powerful if one takes the time to dive deeper into the subject matter and think about this in a historical and current sense. A piss take and affection to characters created, with an underbelly that makes you question what the real message is. “Billy is a really creative individual, not driven so much by the dollar, but life as an emerging artist is pretty tough going I can say that. He also can thread a barrel with the best of ’em and hammer a deep rail.” 

You can find more of his work here.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

How Much Credit Does The WSL Deserve For The Female Progression In Hawaii?

Reflecting on a monumental winter of women's surfing with Keala Kennelly, Jon Pyzel, Coco Ho,…

Feb 29, 2024

It’s Surfboard Sponsorship Bingo On The 2024 CT

Who rode who in Hawaii, and what's it mean for the rest of the year?

Feb 27, 2024

Watch: Harry Bryant And Dav Fox’s “Motel Hell”

Guzzle milk, hit play. 

Feb 27, 2024

7 BTS Full Frames From ‘Motel Hell’

"He got flogged on the takeoff and pushed into a underwater cave for a long…

Feb 25, 2024

This Week, 272 Surfers Will Battle Through 20 Rounds For 18 Remaining Olympic Spots

Your 2024 ISA World Games preview.

Feb 24, 2024

With Two Events Down, What Story Is The CT Leaderboard Telling us?

We plugged past and present Pros, and an official surfing odds setter, for their post-Hawaii…

Feb 24, 2024

John Florence Would Have Submitted A Different Pyzel For Stab In The Dark?

Plus, Jon Pyzel reflects on his Episode 03 cameo and predicts our 2024 SITD champ.

Feb 23, 2024

A Rare Glimpse Of Caity Simmers And Jordy Smith In The Same Freesurf Edit

Watch the #2 and #4 ranked CT surfers share an Indonesian playground with some Stab…

Feb 23, 2024

“The Grom’s In Her Place” — Molly Picklum And Jack Robinson Win 2024 Hurley Pro Sunset

A clean sweep for Australia's gen Z!

Feb 22, 2024

Checking The Mail With Our SSOTY Winners

Gallery: "And the wooden block goes to..."

Feb 21, 2024

Why Did Sawyer Lindblad Get A Paddling Interference Today At Sunset, If Jack Robbo Didn’t In 2019?

A critical analysis of WSL judging past and present. 

Feb 21, 2024

Brisa Hennessy Has The Best Sunset Rizz, Caity + BLSJ Sample New Sticks

Day three recap of the Hurley Pro.

Feb 21, 2024

Stab In The Dark With Kolohe Andino, Episode 3

Five boards face off for two Finals spots and Jon Pyzel infiltrates the set to…

Feb 21, 2024

Can We Reverse Engineer The 100-Foot Wave?  

We calculated the buoy reading for the surf to reach triple digits.

Feb 20, 2024

Stab High Site + World Surfing Reserve Playa Hermosa Is Under Threat

What’s happening in Costa Rica?

Feb 20, 2024

Brazil + San Clemente Crumble, Florence Puts The Mandoline To Work

Ewing, Slater and Medina sliced on day two of the Hurley Pro @ Sunset.

Feb 19, 2024

Soupy Sunset Skewers Three Wildcards, Jordy Smith Nicks Top Score Donning A Single Bootie

Day one recap of the Hurley Pro.

Feb 18, 2024

The D-Bah Session Heard Around The Internet

Cue the arrival of Dane Henry.

Feb 17, 2024
Advertisement