About the artwork and sitter
This dramatic black and white portrait has dancer Tyrel Dulvarie depicted in the centre of the image, almost overwhelmed by the surrounding landscape and sky.
A descendant of the Yirrganydji, Djirrabul, Kalkadoon and Umpila peoples, Tyrel Dulvarie is from Kimuy/Cairns, and now dances with the Australiasian Dance Collective. David Kelly says of his subject: “He has a strong love and value for culture, representation, diversity, fashion, and the arts.”
Tyrel Dulvarie trained at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Meanjin/Brisbane from 2011 to 2013, and in 2019 won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for his performance in 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand.
The foreshortened image shows the dancers dexterity, and the placement and treatment of the surroundings give a stylised, atmospheric feel.
About the artist
David Kelly is a multi award winning career photographer with broad experience in documentary and magazine photography and portraiture, specialising in the Arts. He won the 2020 Brisbane Portrait Prize for Performing Arts and Entertainment.