Harold Thomas, talking about his painting, Tribal Abduction, which was the Outright Winner of the 2016 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) Darwin, to representations of the NT Stolen Generation, Charles Darwin University and Paspalis Property Trust.
Thomas’ work Tribal abduction was selected as the overall winner of the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) from more than 240 entries and 75 finalists.
His winning Telstra NATSIAA work, Tribal abduction tells of the ‘part destruction of an Aboriginal family’. Speaking about this poignant work Thomas notes, “It’s a setting in outback of Australia emphasising the human form entwined to tell the story of pathos and drama, especially the abduction of children from their tribal family.”Paintings on the subject of conflict between black and white people in Australia murmur deeply in the consciousness of us all. The subject I have painted is about the part destruction of an Aboriginal family. As we know, when children are taken, it leads to diabolical emotional consequences and despair”.