Enquiry

About

"It's good to make artworks, learn from each other. We learned all about our country and story places from our old people. Now we are painting and drawing them so our grandchildren will learn all about them. "Our Aunty Sally Gabori showed us the way, to learn from her and follow in her footsteps. We have our own paintings and drawings now of our homelands and sacred places, where we were born, oyster reefs and waterholes or camping spots. I am happy to show other people my country and culture through my art. It brings a smile to my face when I finish an artwork and see a part of me on it. "I was born on Bentinck Island at a place on the Northern side called Bilmee. We lived in humpies then - no clothes nothing at all. I learnt to hunt from an early age, how to fish and collect shellfish, how to gather foods from the bush. I was young when the Europeans came in 1946 to take us away from our home and forced us to live on Mornington Island in the dormitory in the mission there. "My father was King Alfred, he had six wives. When he died, his brother Percy took over the family and took care of us. When I grew up I went to the mainland and worked as a housemaid like a lot of the young girls from the island. I enjoyed this time being young and having fun. I returned to Mornington and became strongly involved in Land Rights and my people's wish to return to our homeland. I was a grandmother by the time we returned to our homeland and I use to live there most of the year, only returning to Mornington for the wet season. Now I am getting too old to live there. I cry for an opportunity to set my foot on my homeland again. My artworks have become even more important to me to keep my memories of my home and culture ever strong."

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions 2013 Netta Loogatha - New Paintings Group Exhibitions 2017 CIAF 2017 CIAF Indigenous Fashion Performance 2016 Land of All - Dulka Wangiid 2016 Finalist Exhibition of Kennedy Prize on Painting 2016 Finalist Exhibition of Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards 2016 CIAF Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal Indigenous Fashion Performance 2016 Colour Forms: Paintings & Sculpture From Mornington Island 2016 MI Art, MI Fashion, Mi Models 2016 Finalist Exhibition of Adelaide Perry Prize For Drawing 2015 My Island Home 2015 CIAF 2015 Currents: Trends & Movements in Queensland Indigenous ArtCentres Exhibition 2015 Warriors, Sorcerers & Spirits 2015 Sorority - International Womens Day Exhibition 2015 Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future 2014 Public Art Exhibition G20 Summit - Colour Me Brisbane 2014 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2014 Pencil, Paint, Paper - Seascapes of Bentinck Island 2013 Kinship - A Celebration of Fine Arts from Far North Queensland Indigenous Art Centre 2013 My Country - I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia 2013 An Architects Eye 2012 Artists from Bentinck Island & Mornington Island, Queensland 2012 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2011 Korea International Art Fair 2011 Artists From Mornington Island Art 2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2011 Painting Country: Recent Acquisitions of Indigenous Art 2010 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2009 Bentinck Island Artists 2009 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2008 Painters of Bentinck Island 2008 Bandikawaanda Makuwalada Rarunginja Thaand - Return of Kaiadilt Women 2007 Dulka Warngiid Bentinck Is Artists featuring Netta Loogatha 2007 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award 2007 Painters of Bentinck Island 2007 Painting Up Country: New Art Form The Mornington and Bentinck Islands 2007 Lardil, Kaiadilt, Yangkaal 2007 Mornington Island Art featuring Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori 2007 24th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2006 Melbourne Art Fair 2006 Big Ones Little Ones 2006 Sally Gabori & Introducing the Bentinck Island Art Gang 2006 Bentinck Island Project 2006 Birrmuyi

Influences

My Country - Dulkawalne - Bentinck Island

40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580
50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580
50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580