Indigenous women painters

23 DEC 2019 – 21 JUN 2020
GOMA | Pavillion Walk | Free

Indigenous women painters contribute significantly to the cultural life of Queensland. In the majestic Dibirdibi Country 2008, Kaiadilt artist Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori represents the site of Kabararrji, on Bentinck Island off the coast of Queensland in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Makarrki – King Alfred's Country 2008, a collaboration involving seven senior painters from Bentinck Island, shows the country of King Alfred, a senior Kaiadilt law man and leader at a time when the Kaiadilt population was uprooted from Bentinck and Sweers Islands to Mornington Island. Jolene Roughsey, a Lardil painter from Gununa, is a granddaughter of the well-known painter Dick Goobalathaldin Roughsey (1924–85). Her bold painting Headband 2005 is an interpretation of the distinctive headband worn by male dancers of her family group.


Makarrki - King Alfred's Country 2008

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Artist, Australia b.c.1924-2015 / Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas, Artist, Australia b.1946 / Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May Moodoonuthi, Artist , Australia 1929-2008 / Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul, Artist, Australia b.c.1937 / Wirrngajingathi Bijarrb Kurdalalngk Dawn Naranatjil, Artist, Australia 1935-2009 / Rayarriwarrtharrbayingathi Mingungurra Amy Loogatha, Artist Australia b.1942 / Makarrki - King Alfred's Country 2008 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / 200 x 600cm / Purchased 2009 with funds from Professor John Hay AC and Mrs Barbara Hay through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © The artists/Licensed by Copyright Agency.

Joelene Roughsey, Australia b.1980 / Headband 2005

Joelene Roughsey, Australia b.1980 / Headband 2005 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / 142 x 86cm / Purchased 2005 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Joelene Roughsey/Licensed by Copyright Agency.

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Australia b.c.1924-2015 / Dibirdibi Country 2008

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Australia b.c.1924-2015 / Dibirdibi Country 2008 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / 200 x 600cm / Purchased 2008 with funds from Margaret Mittelheuser AM and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda/Licensed by Copyright Agency.

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