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Lyle Ah Sam is a First Nations artist and owner of Soul Reign. He is a Mitakoodi / Wakka Wakka man who grew up in Larrakia, Northern Territory. He is based in Dharawal, NSW. His knowledge is passed down from his elders. His art and practice hold strong cultural significance and spiritual value.
Lyle is a contemporary Raark artist that uses traditional mediums and techniques. His education and expertise is knowledge passed down to him by his Uncle Johnny Daylight-Lacey. Uncle Johnny Daylight-Lacey was taught by his elder, Uncle Joseph Baird-Wallis, whose teacher was Uncle David Malangi.
The story and subject in his works, whether it be an animal or a species of plant, possess a spiritual essence — a soul. His art explores this vitality within his subject and how it's connected and influenced by the landscape and spirit of place. His predominant medium is acrylic on canvas.
His palette is earthy ochre hues that hold cultural significance. Lyle’s inspiration is sourced from his culture and relationship with land, sky, and sea.
Fora Studios acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continuing connection to land, place, waters and community. We pay our respects to them, their heritage and cultures; and to elders past, present and emerging.