Ian has been in the Aboriginal Art industry for over 30 years. He is a founding member and Board Member of both the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia and the Federal Government’s Indigenous Art Code, both of which were established to protect Aboriginal artists and develop industry-wide Best Practice protocols for working with artists. Ian served as the Aboriginal Art Association’s President from 2002 to 2012.
In the 1980s, Ian helped establish the Aboriginal design-based company, Desert Designs, in Europe, and was involved in marketing Aboriginal art in London and Europe from 1989 including mounting Indigenous Exhibitions and touring some of the first Australian Indigenous Exhibitions in Europe – specifically London, Paris and Rome.
Ian has been co-director of Japingka Aboriginal Art since 1995, a gallery that was established to set a standard for how galleries represent and sell indigenous Fine Art in a way that respects artists and their various cultures. Ian has an ongoing commitment to promoting worldwide, not only the unique Indigenous fine art of Australian Aboriginal artists but also the exceptional culture that is an integral part of the art.