Mat Gallois, Bes Murray, 2015, (installation image), Video: 10:00 min, Inland Residency Program. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Bes Murray is the first Aboriginal person I met. The work explores Bes’ life and politics and my relations with him as a non-Aboriginal person.

Mathieu Gallois graduated from the Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, in 1996. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, realising 20 solo shows and participating in over 30 group exhibitions. Gallois has received major grants from the Australia Council in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2012. He has been selected for numerous national art awards, including the Inaugural National Sculpture Prize, National Gallery of Australia, ACT (2001), and The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Melbourne, VIC (for which he received a high commendation (2001), commendation (2003) and popular choice award (2003). In 2002 Gallois exhibited at the Australian Embassy Paris, France, and received a Samstag Scholarship, which enabled him to complete a Masters Degree at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, in 2003. In 2004, Gallois’ work was documented in Monument magazine in a feature review written by Jeff Gibson. In 2005, Gallois had a survey exhibition of his work at UTS gallery and exhibited twice at Sherman Galleries in Sydney.

Gallois completed a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney in 2007, and launched the art/architecture project the Reincarnated McMansion project on ABC Radio National’s by Design program in 2008. In 2009, 1 house = 1000 homes was exhibited at Carriage Works and later at the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award in 2010. The ‘Wellington’ projects were exhibited at Artspace Sydney and Western Plains Regional Centre, Dubbo in 2013 and will be shown at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, in 2014. In 2013, Gallois was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy at the College Of Fine Arts (UNSW).