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Past Sales

Untitled V, 1992
Untitled (Locust), 2000/2005
Untitled (Left Wing from the Series Cloud), 2000

Sales by Medium

Sold 21 works for
Prints & Graphics
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Works on Paper
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Where to buy or sell art works by Michael Riley

Auction Houses

Deutscher and Hackett
Sold 5 works for
Shapiro Auctioneers
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Sold 4 works for

Michael Riley (1960-2004) was an Aboriginal artist born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. He was a member of the Kamilaroi tribe and his work often explored issues of identity, culture, and history within the context of Indigenous Australia. Riley first gained recognition as a photographer in the 1980s, and his work was exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally. His photographic style was characterized by a unique blend of documentary and artistic techniques, and his images often challenged dominant stereotypes and representations of Indigenous Australians. In the 1990s, Riley expanded his artistic practice to include film and video works. He produced several critically acclaimed films, including "Black Tracker" (1997) and "Empire" (1997), which explored the impact of colonialism on Indigenous communities in Australia. Riley also created several works of visual art, including paintings, installations, and mixed media works. His art often incorporated elements of his Kamilaroi culture and explored themes of identity, memory, and belonging. Throughout his career, Riley was a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights and cultural preservation. He was a member of several Indigenous organizations and worked closely with Indigenous communities to promote their voices and perspectives. Riley passed away in 2004.

Our database records art auction sales of works by Michael Riley from 1998 and in total 40 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 31 (78%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $18,300 for Untitled (Split Wing), from the Series 'Cloud' sold by Bonhams in November 2013. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Michael Riley are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW and a further five major public national galleries (see list below).

Michael Riley is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 142
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 577
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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