Sally Gabori paints her father’s country

We continue our series on the work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori currently showing at the Queensland Art Gallery until 28 August 2016. The exhibition includes the artist’s early paintings, her large collaborative works with other Kaiadilt women, and her almost monochromatic recent paintings and works on paper. Sally Gabori’s depictions of her homeland are…

Sally Gabori’s Mirdidingki: My Country

‘This is where I was born on Bentinck Island next to the Mirdidingki River’ Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori In Sally Gabori’s paintings places and people are inseparable, stemming from the Kaiadilt tradition of naming people through association with the place and totem one was born into. By adding the Kaiadilt suffix ~ngathi (meaning ‘born at’)…

Expressive lines: Two drawings by Charles Blackman

Significant funds raised during the QAGOMA Foundation’s Annual Dinner in 2014 enabled conservators to examine some of Charles Blackman’s works on paper. Two charcoal drawings, in particular, illustrate his dynamic talent. Australian modernist painter Charles Blackman’s formative relationships with Queensland artists and writers were pivotal in his development as one of the country’s most prolific…

Highlight: Anthony Alder’s ‘Heron’s home’

Once a prominent colonial Queensland artist, Anthony Alder and his works had all but vanished from public memory until, in 2011, his descendants’ estate was offered to the State Library of Queensland. Here, we reintroduce you to one of his works. Art history is a process of continually rediscovering the past and reinterpreting it for…

Journeys North: Lin Martin does not choose her subjects at random

My life in Queensland — dream of a reality — that dream becomes reality — reality is but a dream. Bobby Lees, Sculptor/performer/builder, Sunshine Beach Lin Martin produced a series of portraits which captured a number of unique characters within their own environments. Curator Claire Williamson noted in the 1988 catalogue essay, ‘Photographic practice in Queensland…

My country: Your venue

The Gallery’s latest regional touring exhibition showcases works by Queensland Indigenous artists drawn from the exhibition ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’, which showcased at the Gallery of Modern Art in June 2013. Based on the Gallery’s extensive Collection, the exhibition examines Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists’ associations…