b.1973, Badu Island, Australia
Kala Lagaw Ya people
Lives and works in Brisbane, Australia

Dennis Nona comes from the western Torres Strait, off the northern tip of Cape York. He now lives and works in Brisbane, where he has recently been undertaking a Masters Degree in Visual Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Nona was one of the artists responsible for developing the contemporary Torres Strait Islander visual language of printmaking through his involvement at Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE, Cairns, in the early 1990s. His powerful linocut prints are a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Torres Strait Islander arts of wood and shell carving. Nona’s practice is primarily based on the rich narratives — creation stories, ancestral and historical tales, and traditional teachings — of the Torres Strait Islander people, and he takes inspiration from his community elders and his own dream visions.

Dennis Nona has emerged as the leading artist among a growing group of Torres Strait Islander printmakers, due to the spectacular size and undoubted authority of his most recent works. He has continually refined his printing style and his two-metre-plus, major narrative linocut prints show this mastery in their raw power and delicate detail.

Gallery 6, QAG / Pelican Pool Lounge, QAG (Kids' APT)

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Dennis Nona, 'Kala Lagaw Ya people', Baidam, 2006

Baidam 2006
Purchased 2006. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery