Notes from my Country - Naomi Hobson Solo Exhibition

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REDOT FINE ART GALLERY presents

Notes from my Country

Naomi Hobson Solo Exhibition

30 Nov 2021 – 31 Jan 2022

Online Exhibition

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Naomi pointing to her Mother’s Country, Ulkapinta, Kaantju Country I © Jacky Kao


Notes from my Country The ReDot Fine Art Gallery started formally representing Naomi in early 2018. The launch, sell-out exhibition, ‘New Beginnings’ marked a crossroads in her artistic evolution, suggesting a confident new path emerging. This evolution has blossomed significantly since then as our relationship crossed from purely representative gallery to also encompass the management of Naomi’s broader career around the world. Naomi is now one of the most recognised Indigenous artists in Australia, a strong advocate of culture and the empowerment of women rights in remote communities, as she uses her art to speak of inequality and the need for Indigenous voices to be heard and respected. Her artistic practice, which now spans three distinctive mediums, has become highly collectable across the institutional art galleries around Australia as well as coveted private collections across all four corners of the world. Institutional projects and curatorial requests are almost weekly occurrence these days, as Naomi navigates a complex calendar of events which span well into 2023 and beyond. Allocating resources has become challenging, respecting deadlines hard, yet her core focus remains very clear; keep her stories alive, keep her people’s voices strong and engage with the public via beautiful paintings, photographs, or ceramic 3D objects. Over the last two years alone, Naomi has been involved in an ambitious tapestry project with the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW), a major photographic project (ongoing) with the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) as part of Tarnanthi and recently the launch of a new packaging programme with MECCA. As part of MECCA’s support for women in the arts, and through their partnership with the National Gallery of


Victoria (NGV), MECCA have collaborated with Naomi to bring the holiday spirit to life – decorating their stores, adorning their packaging and, soon, dotted across Australia, these pretty packages will be sitting under Christmas trees, all season long. These are only a few of the highlights since we last had the chance to exhibit her work, there have been several other noticeable milestones and achievements and several new noticeable collectors that have been captivated enough by one or other of Naomi’s mediums to add her to their collections. She has been a finalist in several significant art prizes, the Alice Prize, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, the Olive Cotton Prize, the Hazelhurst Prize, the Ravenswood Art Prize, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale ‘Martin Kantor Portrait Prize and not least the Hadley Art Prize.



‘Notes from my Country’ is Naomi’s second full solo painting show with us, and its evolution has been delayed several times by the demands on Naomi’s time. Yet the work most certainly has not been affected adversely, indeed it seems pressure and a full calendar brings an extra focus and intensity in Naomi’s work. Her work remains as fresh and vibrant today as it was in the early days under the tutelage of Robbi Neale at the Lockhart River Art Centre. The confidence in the brushstrokes evident in each, and every, work as Naomi challenges herself to explore new ideas, concepts, and techniques to give life to her voice. Canvases have become larger, more intense, fluid. The control of colours engaging, designs increasingly complex and the narrative ever more subtle, all-in direct response to the increasing demand and expectations of the collectors and Institutions that are lining up to purchase her work. The future for Naomi looks very bright, the pipeline of Institutional events remains full for the foreseeable future and as Naomi’s star shines brighter so her ideas seem to blossom and grow, enabling ever more complex projects and ideas to be developed. Thirteen Acrylic on Linen artworks boldly exclaim the strides Naomi is making, thirteen reasons to take note of one of Australia’s most important Indigenous practitioners. We remain focused on assisting her on the journey, on helping her achieve her ‘ambitious’ ambitions of creating a body of work which will act as a legacy to her people and the Indigenous people of all Australia.

Giorgio Pilla Director ReDot Fine Art Gallery

Previous Page, Left: Naomi’s Tapestry in Progress I © Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) Previous Page, Bottom Right: Adolescent Wonderland Exhibition at Tarnanthi 2020 I © Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) Left Page: MECCA Merchandising I © Jacky Kao



Naomi on her Mother’s Country, Ulkapinta, Kaantju Country I © Jacky Kao



Naomi HOBSON Birth Date Place of Birth Language Skin/Clan

1978 Coen, Far North Queensland Kaantju/Umpila Yikan (after the Hoop Pine Trees)

“Coen is my home. My family and country mean everything to me.” Naomi Hobson is a Visual Artist who resides on the banks of the riverbeds her grandparents were born. Her residence is an old tin shed that was once her village church. Her colourful abstract compositions act as a link between individuality and a shared identity. Her continual inspiration is the vast traditional lands of her ancestors surrounding the town of Coen in Queensland and her culture. More recently, Naomi is further inspired by the richness of cultural diversity she witnessed first-hand while exploring village life, rural farmlands and the organised urban chaos throughout South East Asia.

Naomi in her Studio in Coen I © Jacky Kao

Coen is a small township of 300 people at the bottom of the McIlwraith Ranges (part of the Great Dividing Range) surrounded by the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, rainforest and open wooded country, with many river systems that snake down to the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef. The local clans include Kaantju, Umpila, LamaLama, Ayapathu, Wik Mungkan and Olkola. This landscape has provided inspiration for Naomi’s paintings. “I paint in my own personal space where I feel most comfortable including my back veranda, in the dry river beds, on the banks of my childhood fishing places as well as at the camp sites that my families have lived and spent time for thousands of years. I will take time to look at the miniature things, the tiny little things that nature hides.” The landscape of Coen is also imbued with a marked political history. Since European settlement Aboriginal people have maintained a connection to their country through working on pastoral properties. Hobson’s grandfather was employed as a stockman for a European family, while other local indigenous people worked as farmhands (cooking, cleaning, gardening, baby-sitters) for no financial reward. Further, Hobson’s family have been active in indigenous land rights and reform movements in the effort to return traditional lands and on social and economic reforms to her Cape York community of Coen. Through her art, Hobson continues her family tradition of political and social engagement. Every brushstroke expresses the innate embeddedness of cultures and country in her paintings. However, this specific link to place is brought about through a keen sense of her own individuality.


“My aboriginality is what grounds me. Through art I get to freely express all of this. I can share my creative freedoms in a contemporary way. My style also reflects my individuality... I want my work to tell my stories in an innovative way, I want to introduce new work, to maintain a point of difference, I am wary to re-define and not recycle.” While Hobson is quick to point out she has been exploring her art practise since her teenage years, in 2007 Hobson commenced her journey and now her work has been acquired by institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Bendigo Art Gallery, Shepparton Art Museum, Cairns Art Gallery. Naomi’s work is held in significant public and private collections nationally and internationally and in June 2018, Hobson held her first overseas solo exhibition at ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.


Naomi preparing her paints I © Jacky Kao



Naomi on her Mother’s Country, Ulkapinta, Kaantju Country I © Jacky Kao



ACRYLIC ON LINEN





Naomi HOBSON The Edge Of The River Acrylic on Linen 210 x 251cm NH202006001

POA

I’m spending a lot of time next to my rivers at the moment. I feel the river is a fascinating place of relief, peace, renewal, growth, magic and surprises. They are lined with boulders and rock forms, clamped together in solidarity that protects the life of the country. There is a strong contrast between the land and the water yet it is the same.





Naomi HOBSON Pools of Water Acrylic on Linen 210 x 235cm NH202006002

POA

There is always something new, something different and something else waiting to show itself.

Exhibited - Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2021





Naomi HOBSON Festivity Land Acrylic on Linen 208 x 208cm NH202007003

POA

A gathering place for ceremony; dance and song. Deep vs light. My feelings of celebration.





Naomi HOBSON June Sky Acrylic on Linen 210 x 210cm NH202007004

POA

This painting was painted after I returned from out Bush. Mostly memories of time spent travelling through open grasslands, here I can feel the sky. I am free! There is a slight crisp in the air a reflection of solitude and vastness. I am yearning for open spaces to feel free again.





Naomi HOBSON Frenchmen Reef Acrylic on Linen 200 x 210cm NH202009002

POA

In this painting I seek to convey the energetic mood and inspirational spirit of the reef, the quality of colour and shapes and forms have always inspired me. A play of light, busy and dripping with life. I am alive and connected here when I am at Frenchmen Reef. This is my daddy’s place.





Naomi HOBSON Blue Moon Rain Acrylic on Linen 201 x 198cm NH202108002

POA

Rain that comes in the middle of the dry season to give hope and replenish nature. The ’blue moon rain’ helps us keep going until the proper rain from the wet season get here.





Naomi HOBSON Under the Paperbark Acrylic on Linen 180 x 200cm NH202110001

POA

The tall red paperbarks (Lophostemon) trees are a spectacular sight and a great spot to observe birds like the noisy spangled drongos, and red tailed cockatoos. I saw this image and thought I should paint it of how it made me feel; excited, happy and grateful. I love birds and I like to paint them how they sing, joyful at this time of the year (tropical dry season) is when they are the most active, calling Christmas.


Naomi, brush in hand, ready to start another Canvas I © Jacky Kao






Naomi HOBSON Catch the Leaves Acrylic on Linen 120 x 200cm NH202009001

POA

September life moves on, when the colours in nature are reflecting the arrival of the dry season. Energetic brush strokes and layers of paint are lined and shaped to give the painting structure and a textural element. A rich palette is creating contrast and this season is the fleeting moment in time for a hype of activity in the renewal of nature.





Naomi HOBSON What is Left Acrylic on Linen 120 x 200cm NH202009004

POA

On my country there is a lot of beautiful old trees marked by a presence before us. A sign of humanity and a world unspoiled, enriched with family history, culture and love. It is an expression of life through imagery.





Naomi HOBSON End of November Acrylic on Linen 114 x 190cm NH202009003

POA

This time, the country is asleep. I can feel and see the bush. The light is soft but strong. The country patiently waits for the wet season as it holds on to what is now and what is left to sustain life. This feeling of a time ending to welcome a new beginning.





Naomi HOBSON The Scent of June Acrylic on Linen 140 x 150cm NH202108001

POA

A strange evening on the coast fascinated me with its cool light, the colours of winter are here. An abundance of fresh ground flowers reach for the fragrant mist, releasing the scent of June. The open sky sits ready for the full moon. This is a weaving of colours from June.

Finalist – Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2021





Naomi HOBSON Blossom over the River Acrylic on Linen 140 x 150cm NH202104001

POA

I live near the river, it’s full of life. I’m always trying to create form and movement to document the lifestyle of the river, soft colours reflect home on the river.

Finalist – Paddington Art Prize 2021





Naomi HOBSON Red Sun Acrylic on Linen 100 x 100cm NH202111001

POA

An unforgettable moment, ground colours continuously changing. This is the place where I live, it’s warm, and there is a strong contrast between the land and sky.



CERAMICS



Naomi HOBSON Iwayi (2019) Hand Built Terracotta with White Slip Underglaze. Freehand Sgraffito. 70 h x 11 Ø cm NH201910001C

POA

IWAYI, the saltwater crocodile is a cultural icon for the indigenous people of Northern Australia. It is directly associated with the keeping of our Aboriginal lore on East Coast Cape York Peninsula. In our customs we dance and sing for ‘IWAYI’ and during this time we mark and paint our bodies which identifies us to ‘IWAYI’ our crocodile. The clay poles, their features and the markings are my representation of this cultural lore and tradition.



Naomi HOBSON Iwayi (2019) Hand Built Terracotta with White Slip Underglaze. Freehand Sgraffito. 73 h x 10 Ø cm NH201910002C

POA

IWAYI, the saltwater crocodile is a cultural icon for the indigenous people of Northern Australia. It is directly associated with the keeping of our Aboriginal lore on East Coast Cape York Peninsula. In our customs we dance and sing for ‘IWAYI’ and during this time we mark and paint our bodies which identifies us to ‘IWAYI’ our crocodile. The clay poles, their features and the markings are my representation of this cultural lore and tradition.



Naomi HOBSON Tapil [Shovel-Nose Shark] (2019) Hand Built Terracotta with White Slip Underglaze. Freehand Sgraffito. 63 h x 9 Ø cm NH202001001C

POA

TAPIL - the Shovel-nosed shark is a Cultural Hero for the sandbeach people of the east coast Cape York Peninsula. These contemporary poles show the markings of identity and place. They reflect patterns in the sand that Tapil marks with the tide. They are part of the cultural family that is royal to us.



Naomi HOBSON Iwayi (2019) Hand Built Terracotta with White Slip Underglaze. Freehand Sgraffito. 69 h x 10 Ø cm NH202001005C

POA

IWAYI, the saltwater crocodile is a cultural icon for the indigenous people of Northern Australia. It is directly associated with the keeping of our Aboriginal lore on East Coast Cape York Peninsula. In our customs we dance and sing for “IWAYI” and during this time we mark and paint our bodies which identifies us to “IWAYI” our crocodile. The clay poles, their features and the markings are my representation of this cultural lore and tradition.


Naomi in her Ceramic Studio


© Naomi Hobson/ReDot Fine Art Gallery



Naomi on her Mother Mother’s Country, Ulkapinta, Kaantju Country I © Tim Jaffer


Naomi Hobson CV Selected Solo Exhibitions 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

January First – Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Naomi Hobson in Exhibition – The Ian Potter Centre – National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, VIC, Australia Payamu – To Shine – Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Adolescent Wonderland - Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Naomi Hobson, Clay Poles, IWAYI - Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Journey to the East – Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. New Beginnings – ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Times Have Changed – Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Naomi Hobson - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Time and Place: Naomi Hobson - Art Mob Aboriginal Fine Art, Hobart, TAS, Australia. Kanichi – On Top People - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ngaachi Ngunama – Story Place - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Seven Sisters and the Bonefish Story - Depot II Gallery represented by Alcaston Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Ngaachi Paapa – My Mother’s Country - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. I am Yikan - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions 2021 ‘Çoming Home’- Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Ritual “The Past In The Present’- Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Viewpoints: Contemporary Aboriginal Photography, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Brisbane, QLD, Australia. 2020 Re-Imagining: Between Traditions and Innovations – Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns, QLD, Australia. ‘Chromptopia.’ - Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, SA, Australia. Know My Name – National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, ACT, Australia. The Women’s Show – Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Get Up, Stand Up – Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia. 15 Artists – Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Open Hands (Tarnanthi Art Festival) – Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, SA, Australia.


2019 Body Politics: Contemporary Works from the Collection - Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC, Australia. I, OBJECT - Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Journey Through Culture – ReDot Fine Art Gallery as part of the Tarnanthi Art Festival, Adelaide, SA, Australia. 2018 San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Fair: Art of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americans, San Francisco, CA, USA. Mixed Blood – Contemporary Indigenous Cultural Expression, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Naomi Hobson and the Kalan Clay House - Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns, QLD, Australia. From Bark to Neon: Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection - National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 2017 The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns, QLD, Australia, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Sydney Contemporary - represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Australasian Painters 2007 – 2017: Artist Profile 10th Anniversary - Orange Regional Gallery & Orange Regional Museum, Orange, NSW, Australia. 2016 Provenance Does Matter – The Collector’s Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The 39th Alice Spring Prize Exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. DENFAIR, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA) - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Geelong Contemporary Art Prize - Geelong Gallery, Geelong, VIC, Australia. Len Fox Painting Award - Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia. Kinship, Country & Women’s Australian Indigenous Art - International Education Services, Indigenous Art Collection, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. 2015 Goma Q - Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Out of Queensland: New Indigenous Textiles, Cairns Regional Gallery (CAG), Cairns, QLD, Australia. 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA) - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.


2015 Sydney Contemporary - Carriageworks, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. ArtNow Far North Queensland - Cairns Regional Gallery (CAG), Cairns, QLD, Australia. 2014 Masterpiece London - South Grounds, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, UK. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) - Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns, QLD, Australia, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA) - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. 2013 ‘Ngampula Kuunchi – We are family’, Lockhart River Art Group - Emerge Art Space, Inglewood, WA, Australia. Kinship – A Celebration of Fine Art from Far North Queensland Indigenous Art Centres Tank Art Centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Gold Coast Art Prize - Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. 2012 Land and Water/Ancient and Modern: Contemporary paintings from Lockhart River - Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX, USA. Lockhart River Art - Art Atrium, Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns, QLD, Australia. 2009 Some of Us - Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Taralinga - Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. 2008 Black Roots - Kick Arts Gallery, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Armidale Cultural Art Fair, Armidale, NSW, Australia.


Collections Museum and Corporate Araluen Art Collection, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, SA, Australia. Artbank Collection, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC, Australia. Cairns Art Gallery (CAG), Cairns, QLD, Australia. Cairns Regional Council Collection, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Home of the Arts (HOTA), Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia International Education Services, Indigenous Art Collection, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Leeuwin Estate Collection, Margaret River, WA, Australia. Macquarie University Art Collection, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney, NSW, Australia. National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, ACT, Australia. National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Shepparton, VIC, Australia. State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Stuartholme School, Toowong, QLD, Australia. Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia. The Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. US Consul General, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Viva Energy Collection, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Private Bertrand Estrangin Collection, Brussels, Belgium. Brook Andrew Collection, Australia. Christian Louboutin Collection, France. Collection of Richard Klingler & Jane Slatter, Washington, DC, USA. Dame Quentin Bryce Collection, Australia. Dame Rose Horton Collection, Australia. Honourable Tony Burke MP Collection, Australia. Penelope Seidler Collection, Australia Sir Elton John Collection, United Kingdom. Stephen & Debbie Kelly Collection, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Tony Albert Collection, Australia.


Awards 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

Finalist - Hadley Art Award – Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Hobart, TAS, Australia. Finalist - 2021 FNQ Contemporaries & Artist Fellowship Award - Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Finalist - Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Finalist - Hazelhurst Art on Paper Awards - Hazelhurst Art Centre, Gymea, NSW, Australia. Finalist - Olive Cotton Photographic Portraiture Awards - Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah South, NSW, Australia. Finalist - Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize - Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC, Australia. Finalist - Martin Kantor Portrait Prize - Ballarat International Foto Biennale - Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC, Australia. Finalist - The 41st Alice Prize - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Finalist - 15 Artists 2020-2021, Redcliffe Art Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD, Australia. Finalist - Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP), Federation University Australia, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC, Australia. Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize - Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra, QLD, Australia. Australian Tapestry Commission - “Royal Harvest” painting weaved by Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) for Indonesian Embassy. Winner, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Photography Award, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize - Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra, QLD, Australia. Highly Commended, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), (Malkarti Poles - Ceramics) Art Awards, Cairns, QLD, Australia. Winner – The 39th Alice Prize - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Finalist, 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA) - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Finalist - Geelong Contemporary Art Prize - Geelong Gallery, Geelong, VIC, Australia. Finalist - Len Fox Painting Award - Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia. Finalist, 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA) - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize - Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Finalist, 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA) - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize - Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.


contemporary art world. Typically large meandering canvases tell of complex, yet fundamental, stories of ownership and land rights fused with whimsical stories of creation handed from generation to generation. The Spinifex artists continue to paint traditional stories and document kinship responsibilities and these works have become widely known in the fine art world as some of the most important modern contemporary Indigenous art pieces being produced today. This growing reputation is also gaining international acclaim and the works are now housed within major art and museum collections both in Australia and overseas, with recent acquisitions by the British Museum making headlines and a major show in Germany in 2013. This exhibition showcasing works by old master such as Fred Grant, Ned Grant, Roy Underwood, Estelle Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods and Lawrence Pennington, to mention but a few, opens on Wednesday, 14th May and runs till Saturday, 21st June 2014 and it is a must-see for anyone interested in following the development of modern contemporary Indigenous art, from one of the Aboriginal art movements most remote, refreshing and innovative art centres.

Giorgio Pilla Director


© Jacky Kao

Naomi and Tim wish you all a great “MECCA” end to 2021


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